Dance Technique 1

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dance Technique 1

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A level of physical condition appropriate to the unit content and to safe dance practices is required

  • Course Level Recommendations


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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 involves practical dance classes as on-going action research.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Apply correct alignment and spatial awareness skills; move with a range of dynamics; demonstrate musicality, dance-specific fitness and safe dance practices.
    2. Display accuracy and clarity in technique as well as projection of genre-specific and personal stylistic presentations.
    3. Incorporate receptivity and analytic and reflective practice skills in your learning.
    Class content will be devised by each class lecturer and pitched at a level to stimulate your learning, facilitate safe and correct physical practice, broaden movement range and vocabulary, encourage creativity, embed artistic praxis, develop musicality, strengthen the body and promote personal expression. Steps, sequences and exercises may be taken from the standard repertoires. The lecturer may also use originally choreographed or designed movements and combinations. Many distinct ballet and contemporary training techniques are codified, eg. R.A.D., Cecchetti, Vaganova, Bournonville, Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Horton, Alexander, Laban, and 'release technique'. However, no one prescribed method is favoured exclusively by Creative Industries Dance.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    You will generally take ballet class and contemporary dance class daily. Alternative training opportunities will also be made available. The first 4 weeks of the semester may comprise a different program of training.
    Deep learning processes are promoted through the lecturer's emphasis on the critical requirement for you to transform all given corrections, advice, imagery and artistic and physical challenges into your own personal, individuated and self-relevant property. You are explicitly given the control and responsibility of your own learning and development.
    For Health and Safety reasons, admission to this unit is dependent upon 1/ an appropriate level of physical fitness to prevent injury, and 2/ having no pre-existing injuries or structural/physical issues that would prevent your safe and full participation in all physical activities within this unit. You may be required to confirm your fitness to attempt this unit. In this instance, you will be required to obtain a physiotherapists report before you can participate in this unit. If a report is required, the unit coordinator must receive and approve it before you will be permitted to participate in any classes.
    Assessment name: Demonstration
    Description: Cumulative assessment of learning approaches and technical achievement in each genre studied.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Late Semester
    Assessment name: Examination (practical)
    Description: A practical examination in each genre, comprising set and/or unseen work derived from the semester's studies.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End Semester

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