Dance Analysis

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dance Analysis

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit includes a study of the analysis of dance through a concentration on the dance as text and a study of various international historical and contemporary works.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Describe ,interpret and evaluate short sections of art dance.
    2. Display the capacity to reflect in a critical and creative manner on art dances
    3. Articulate effectively the analysis of art dance in written and oral forms.
    4. Work independently and collaboratively, direct group discussions, and contribute effectively to tutorial discussions in which dance works are analysed
    The unit content addresses the analysis of Western art dance, that is, dance in the genres of ballet, modern dance, postmodern dance and newmedia dance, in various historical contexts. You will be introduced to the fundamental processes in dance analysis; description, interpretation and evaluation. The unit also addresses methods appropriate to the analysis of Asian dance, and to intercultural choreography, including Indigenous Australian modern dance.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit comprises a two hour lecture per week, with lecture notes available on-line. Group tutorials supplement your learning in lectures. Lectures and tutorials will include viewing of recorded dance.
    Assessment name: Presentation (oral)
    Description: (Summative and Formative) Working with a partner, in a short presentation, provide an analysis of a dance work from one of the genres covered in this unit. A transcript will contribute to the mark achieved.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: TBA early semester
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: (Summative) The examination includes questions on dance analysis methodologies and the dance examples provided in class. It also includes an analysis of a piece of hitherto unspecified dance on video.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of semester

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