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Dance Technique Extension 2 (DNCE20015)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20015
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Dance Technique Extension 2 is designed to complement Dance Technique 3 through additional classes, which provide diverse approaches to training and exposure to industry professionals. Students take three dance technique extension classes each week, which serve to broaden the individuals’ experience. 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

To extend the understanding of Contemporary and Ballet technique and the objectives of technical training in these genres.

Objective 1.

Application of alignment principles, technical accuracy and energy efficiency in the execution of more complex movement phrases in contemporary and ballet technique.

  • Physical and kinaesthetic understanding of technical exercises
  • 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.

Objective 2.

Increased ability to organise and direct the body in time and space.

  • Clarity and accuracy in articulating set phrases of movement – including dynamic, rhythm/organization in time, shape, orientation in space.
  • Capacity to source movement initiation in different parts of the body.
  • Ability to fully engage and isolate the spine, torso and limbs within the individual’s muscular and skeletal possibilities.
  • Ability to travel expansively through space.

Objective 3.

Ability to direct the body’s centre of mass around and away from its axis.

  • Ability to control centred and off-centre actions.
  • Ability to generate and control momentum through all activities involving weight transference including falling, thrusting, running, turning and jumping

Objective 4.

Development of muscular strength, tone and flexibility.

  • Capacity to be connected/grounded to the floor through stretch and strength in legs.
  • Ability to sustain and control high effort movement/shape activity.
  • Demonstrate freedom of movement through efficient muscle use when performing enchainment or movement phrases.
  • Capacity to quickly change speed, effort and direction.

Objective 5.

Capacity to use visualisation techniques to enhance movement form.

  • Embodied variation in movement articulation in response to different imagery

Objective 6

A strong work ethic (maintenance of self-discipline, concentration and application).

  • Demonstration of a focussed, intelligent and inquiring approach to learning.
  • Constructive response to, and application of feedback and corrections.
  • Capacity to challenge self and take risks within safe dance practice.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following skills:

  • The capacity for kinaesthetic awareness
  • The ability to move within aesthetic domains
  • The facility to dance in particular contemporary movement techniques
  • A facility with ballet technique
  • The application of theory to practice
  • The capacity to synthesise data and evaluate information
  • Capacities of imagination, transformation, and interpretation
  • The ability to perform

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10022 Dance Technique 2
Semester 2


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE20013 Dance Technique 3
Semester 1
DNCE20014 Choreographic Process into Performance 3
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Students attend a mid semester interview with 2 staff to review progress across all subjects. Formal written feedback from Progress Assessment is discussed - Mid Semester
  • Progress Assessment in Dance Technique 3 provides indicative mark, relevant to Dance Technique Extension - Mid Semester
  • COURSEWORK - Active, physical and on-going engagement in practical classes (including regular individual feedback) against the following criteria: Attendance (10%), Skills Development (20%), Technical Proficiency (50%), Work Ethic (20%) - End of Semester (TOTAL: 100%)
  • 100% weekly punctual and full attendance is expected (80% attendance must be met - Hurdle Requirement)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours4.5 hours
    Teaching period18 February 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Associate Professor Jenny Kinder


Time commitment details

2 X 1.5 hours Contemporary Class 1 X 1.5 hours Ballet OR 1 X 1.5 hours Contemporary Class 2 X 1.5 hours Ballet

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 30 July 2019