Dance Units 1 and 2
As a VSV Dance student in 2019, you will be working with a new online course and the new VCE study design.
In Unit 1 you will develop skills in choreography and personal movement for performance, physiology and body awareness and the analysis of dance and safe dance practise. This work will be studied via practical application as well as written tasks and projects both on and off line. You will complete activities such as a report about different dance injuries and an informal performance of a structured improvisation in your studio to contribute to the completion of the unit.
In Unit 2, you focus on developing an understanding of choreographic processes and realising a dance work in preparation for Unit 3 Dance studies. Activities such as the analysis of set works using concepts such as the elements of movement contribute to the completion of the unit.
Who is it for?
VCE Dance is designed for students who enjoy dance of any style or other movement technique, whether it be calisthenics or capoeira. You need to have been studying some form of dance or movement technique for at least three to four years. The aim of the course is to extend your knowledge of dance in a new direction and to problem solve through the expressive process of choreography.
VCE Dance can be a pathway if you wish to pursue a career as a dancer, choreographer, community dance facilitator, dance teacher, performing artist, pilates instructor, yoga teacher or dance physiotherapist. This subject may also be of interest if you have desire to work in professional roles in the dance industry as a dietitian, law professional or business administrator.
What do you do?
In this unit you will:
- learn group dances
- create your own dances
- complete online interactive tasks and tests
- complete a reports on choreographers and their dance works
- learn about physiology and wellbeing for dancers.
What skills do you need?
You need to have been studying some form of dance or movement technique for at least three to four years.
What skills do you develop?
In completing Dance Units 1 and 2, you will develop your choreography and movement development skills, and your analysis of dance skills.
All student also must attend at least one dance class per week in a private dance studio of their choice.
Things to think about
Note that you are expected to complete five hours of work per week. This includes time for a dance class and theory work. Completing a course via distance requires skills in self-management and it is important to consider how you will balance attendance at your dance studio alongside the theoretical work required in this subject.
Things you can do now
The main thing you can do now is to watch and immerse yourself in a wide variety of dance. The more you think about why a particular piece of choreography works, and the elements which contribute to creating great choreography, the more you will be prepared.
You’ll find lots of useful information about the course by visiting the VCAA website to research the study design: The VCAA Dance webpage
Take extra dance classes or summer workshops if you can with different dance teachers to experience new ways of moving.
Research music you could use to dance to. Consider music from movie soundtracks as they can often include very atmospheric sounds that could work well with choreography.
Watch movies choreographed by Bob Fosse such as Sweet Charity, Cabaret and Chicago.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.