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Dance Technique Extension is designed to complement Dance Technique 2 (Dance) and Dance 2 (Music Theatre) through additional classes, which provide diverse approaches to training and exposure to industry professionals. Students take three dance technique extension classes each week. Students choose between two classes in Contemporary Dance technique and one in Ballet OR two classes in Ballet and one in Contemporary Dance technique. Classes continue to focus on developing technical expertise and artistry.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will enable students to:
- extend the understanding of Contemporary and Ballet technique and the objectives of technical training in these genres through: physical and kinetic understanding of technical exercises; correct alignment and transference of weight, coordination and use of rotation; strength, stamina and control when performing enchainment and movement phrases; expanded movement range, technical skills and versatility.
- apply alignment principles, technical accuracy and energy efficiency through: use of anatomical knowledge to facilitate full movement range of the individual body; increase in muscular efficiency through appropriate use of effort to reduce tension and overuse of muscle groups; capacity to dance with a balanced relationship between strength and flexibility; application of principles of alignment to achieve excellence.
- work within a range of Contemporary Dance styles and vocabularies through: facility in using the spine and the surrounding muscular structures in a versatile range of ways, and as a place of movement initiation; capacity to execute both simple and complex coordinations; capacity to work with and explore weight transference.
- work within the aesthetics of the Ballet technique through: performing all enchainment with co-ordination of head, arms and torso complementing the action of the legs and feet; demonstrating musicality and expression appropriate to the style of enchainment; demonstrating an analytical approach to ballet technique, to apply and retain corrections, self-assess and problem solve.
- dance with dynamic range, contrasting movement qualities, kinaesthetic awareness and engaging presence through: capacity to explore and commit to a broad dynamic range and movement quality; demonstration of musicality and phrasing; clear and engaging use of focus and projection; freedom of movement through efficient muscle use when performing enchainment or movement phrases.
- dance with spatial awareness and clarity through: awareness of others in the space and measuring distance; capacity to differentiate between movements of different dimensions and accurately execute floor patterns / choreographed pathways through space; ability to travel expansively through space.
- demonstrate a strong work ethic, maintaining self-discipline, concentration and application through: a focussed, intelligent and inquiring approach to learning; a constructive response to, and application of feedback and corrections; a capacity to challenge self and take risks within safe dance practice.
On completing this subject students will have:
• the capacity for kinaesthetic awareness;
• the ability to move within aesthetic domains;
• the facility to perform contemporary dance 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