School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
  • Unit Code

    CUADAN607
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Nominal Hours

    120
  • Full Year Unit

    Y
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Justin Niels RUTZOU

Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to show range, depth, precision and complexity across contemporary dance technique and repertoire at a professional level. This unit applies to dancers who are moving towards professional careers in contexts where complex contemporary dance technique is required for performing as members of a dance company as an ensemble or soloist dancer or in other professional contexts. At this level, dancers are constantly refining their technique and perfecting their artistry across complex dance sequences and repertoire, including improvisation, solo and group work. While some supervision and guidance are provided in practice sessions and rehearsals, dancers are expected to display a high level of motivation and responsibility for themselves and others during practice sessions, rehearsals and live performances. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements

  • 1. Excel at a physical conditioning program.
  • 2. Execute a professional level of artistry and presentation in practice sessions.
  • 3. Extend improvisation techniques.
  • 4. Practise complex contemporary dance movement sequences.
  • 5. Develop professional practice.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:
- demonstrate through the execution of sequences the following dance skills:
- mature understanding of dance improvisation as a skilled technique
- alignment and extensions in highly difficult combinations
- reproduction of complex movement sequences on both sides of the body
- skills and speed in directional changes
- high level of spatial awareness in group movements
- high level of coordination of limbs, torso and head
- develop professional practice
- display a consistent level of commitment to developing performance quality and artistry in the given style
- use contemporary dance terminology correctly.
Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:
- explain how the following principles relate to contemporary dance movements and techniques:
- extending
- folding
- relationship with gravity
- rotating
- shifting weight
- spatial awareness
- successional movement
- use of breath
- demonstrate physical and conceptual understanding of the fundamental technical principles in contemporary dance
- explain how the following apply in the context of safe dance practice and injury prevention:
- articulation of the spine
- engagement of the feet
- bases of support, including feet, legs, hands, arms and torso
- range of motion of the joints
- differentiation of the legs and pelvis
- explain and demonstrate how the musical elements of time signatures, beat, tempo and syncopation apply to contemporary dance technique
- in relation to contemporary dance, demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of:
- choreographic and stylistic nuances
- genres, styles and philosophical nature
- influential choreographers
- the role of acting.

Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:
- fully equipped dance studios with suitable flooring
- appropriate music or accompanists.
Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Assessment

GS5 VET GRADING SCHEMA Used for WAAPA VET only

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
  • Unit Code

    CUADAN607
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Nominal Hours

    120
  • Full Year Unit

    Y
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Justin Niels RUTZOU

Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to show range, depth, precision and complexity across contemporary dance technique and repertoire at a professional level. This unit applies to dancers who are moving towards professional careers in contexts where complex contemporary dance technique is required for performing as members of a dance company as an ensemble or soloist dancer or in other professional contexts. At this level, dancers are constantly refining their technique and perfecting their artistry across complex dance sequences and repertoire, including improvisation, solo and group work. While some supervision and guidance are provided in practice sessions and rehearsals, dancers are expected to display a high level of motivation and responsibility for themselves and others during practice sessions, rehearsals and live performances. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements

  • 1. Excel at a physical conditioning program.
  • 2. Execute a professional level of artistry and presentation in practice sessions.
  • 3. Extend improvisation techniques.
  • 4. Practise complex contemporary dance movement sequences.
  • 5. Develop professional practice.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:
- demonstrate through the execution of sequences the following dance skills:
- mature understanding of dance improvisation as a skilled technique
- alignment and extensions in highly difficult combinations
- reproduction of complex movement sequences on both sides of the body
- skills and speed in directional changes
- high level of spatial awareness in group movements
- high level of coordination of limbs, torso and head
- develop professional practice
- display a consistent level of commitment to developing performance quality and artistry in the given style
- use contemporary dance terminology correctly.
Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:
- explain how the following principles relate to contemporary dance movements and techniques:
- extending
- folding
- relationship with gravity
- rotating
- shifting weight
- spatial awareness
- successional movement
- use of breath
- demonstrate physical and conceptual understanding of the fundamental technical principles in contemporary dance
- explain how the following apply in the context of safe dance practice and injury prevention:
- articulation of the spine
- engagement of the feet
- bases of support, including feet, legs, hands, arms and torso
- range of motion of the joints
- differentiation of the legs and pelvis
- explain and demonstrate how the musical elements of time signatures, beat, tempo and syncopation apply to contemporary dance technique
- in relation to contemporary dance, demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of:
- choreographic and stylistic nuances
- genres, styles and philosophical nature
- influential choreographers
- the role of acting.

Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:
- fully equipped dance studios with suitable flooring
- appropriate music or accompanists.
Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Assessment

GS5 VET GRADING SCHEMA Used for WAAPA VET only

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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