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Dance Techniques 1 establishes the basis for fundamentally aware and intelligent dance artists. Four classes a week in both Ballet and Contemporary provide the foundation for students to become technically strong dancers and to explore the artistry of dance technique. Classes will focus on developing technical expertise with an emphasis on coordination, momentum, economy of action, precision of mechanics, anatomical function and alignment, utilising visualisation whilst also valuing the individual’s inbuilt knowledge of the body to move. This subject aims to integrate the conceptual language and practices of the subject, Integrated Body Mind Practices, through coaching and application in technique classes.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will enable students to:
- demonstrate the fundamentals of Contemporary and Ballet technique and understand the objectives of technical training in these genres;
- demonstrate a rudimentary physical understanding of the principles of functioning alignment, technical accuracy and energy efficiency;
- develop an ability to work within a range of Contemporary Dance styles and vocabularies;
- demonstrate an analytical approach to ballet technique through: displaying ability to apply and retain corrections, self-assess and problem solve.
- demonstrate an awareness of how to execute movement phrases and enchainment with differentiated and contrasting movement qualities, kinaesthetic awareness and engaging presence;
- capacity to dance with spatial clarity;
- develop a clear work ethic, maintaining self-discipline, concentration and application through: demonstrating a focussed, intelligent and inquiring approach to learning.
On completing this subject students will have:
• the capacity for kinaesthetic awareness;
• the ability to move within aesthetic domains;
• the facility to dance contemporary and classical techniques;
• the application of theory to practice;
• the capacity to synthesise conceptual ideas and evaluate information;
• capacities of imagination, transformation and interpretation;
• the ability to perform at optimal level.
Last updated: 6 December 2019