Dance Units 1 and 2
This subject is ideally suited to the Dance student who is ready to choreograph their own works, learn about safe dance practice and investigate choreographic theory through an introduction to basic analysis and performance.
Three main areas are addressed throughout each Unit – responding, exploring and creating.
In Responding students will discover ways to understand how dance is constructed through discussion of the safe use of dance skills using specific terminology.
In Exploring dance students will be encouraged to delve into the expressive potential of movement including analysis of established choreographers such as Bob Fosse, and their own dance-making practices.
Creating is the final outcome. The works analysed become a springboard for developing improvisations and choreography in both solo and group contexts.
Who is it for?
VCE Dance is designed for students who enjoy dance or calisthenics and have been studying dance of any style for at least three to four years. The aim is to extend student’s knowledge of dance in a new direction and to problem solve through the expressive process of choreography.
VCE Dance can be a pathway for students wishing to pursue a career as a studio dancer, a dance / Pilates / yoga teacher, health science with a focus on dance such as physiotherapy or dietitian, performing arts / law profession or business administration with a focus in the dance industry.
What do you do?
A range of activities will be completed across both Units.
Unit 1 focuses on the study of safe dance practice which will be studied via a practical application as well as written tasks and projects. Activities such as creating a report about different dance injuries and an informal performance of a structured improvisation in your studio contribute to the completion of the Unit.
Unit 2 focuses more on developing an understanding of choreographic principles 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.
What skills do you need?
You do need to have some technical ability in dance or movement as well as a willingness to immerse yourself into the creative process of understanding and creating choreography.
What skills do you develop?
The following skills are developed in this subject:
- active and focused viewing and response strategies
- dance evaluation
- choreographic techniques and creative reflection
- performance skills.
You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.
Things to think about
It’s important that students think about how to balance attendance at their dance studio with the theoretical work given by DECV. Completing a course via distance requires skills in self-management. Allocating a regular time each week to complete the work requirements will enable students to submit work on a regular basis.
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.
Take extra dance classes or summer workshops if you can with different dance teachers to experience new ways of moving.
Research music you could dance to. Consider music from movie soundtracks as they can often include very atmospheric sounds which could work well with choreography.
Watch movies choreographed by Bob Fosse such as Sweet Charity, Cabaret and Chicago.
Watch the movie West Side Story by Jerome Robbins.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.