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Integrated Body Mind Practices 2 (DNCE20016)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20016
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will involve further study and practice of ideokinetic processes to foster a balanced alignment of the skeletal system and re-education of neuromuscular habits in movement. Students will investigate the mechanical principles underlying the design of kinetic imagery and relationships of both bone and muscle groups to postural alignment and efficient physical coordination. Students will experience moving from a source of imagery, emanating from Skinner Releasing Technique, ideokinesis and/or anatomical based releasing techniques. Other kinetic practices, such as Feldenkrais will also be studied. Students will study the development and use of imagery in movement and postural integration, core stabilisation, as well as structure, function and integration of the upper body structures. Kinesiology and Feldenkrais make up the two areas of study in this subject.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:


  • demonstrate balanced arrangement of the axial & appendicular skeleton in relation to efficient & safe movement.
  • demonstrate facility of core stabilization in the body.
  • embody alignment through the neck, spine, shoulders & ribs.
  • apply ideokinetic principles and practices in developing increased body awareness and efficient and economical movement.
  • demonstrate integration between body parts & muscle groups through the centre of gravity in movement.


  • identify individual body image and personal movement idiosyncrasies
  • identify right/left differences and effect in action on balance and range
  • identify influence of internal kinetic preferences on movement aesthetic
  • distinguish personal choices in relation to breathing, attention and effort
  • identify the connection between sensation, focus and presence in action

Generic skills

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

  • The ability to apply theory to practice

  • The capacity for kinaesthetic awareness

  • The ability to exercise imaginative and transformative processes

  • The capacity to communicate in writing

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10018 Integrated Body Mind Practices 1
Semester 1
DNCE10022 Dance Technique 2
Semester 2


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE20013 Dance Technique 3
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of year 1 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) ensures all students have appropriate background knowledge

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

Contribution and participation to coursework against the prescribed criteria:
Feldenkrais 20%
Kinesiology 15%
Timing of assessment is ongoing. Assessment weight is 35%.

Written assignments (1000 words total)
2 journals for Feldenkrais 30% (15% each) Timing of assessment is mid and end of semester.
1 logbook for Kinesiology 15% Timing of assessment is mid-semester.
Total assessment weight is 45%.

Kinesiology practical exam - Timing is end of semester. Assessment weight is 20%.

Hurdle requirements
Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject. Regular participation in seminars and studio required.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hourssee below
    Total time commitment60 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

Time commitment details

1 x 1.5 hours Kinesiology workshop 1 x 1.5 hours Feldenkrais workshop TOTAL 3 hours Estimated total time commitment: 60 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Fitt.S.S.1996. Dance Kinesiology. 2nd ed. Schirmer

    Sweigard, L. E. 1974. Human Movement Potential, It’s Ideokinetic facilitation, Harper & Row, New York

    Todd, M. E. 1937. The Thinking Body.Dance Horizons, New York

    Franklin, E. 2003.Pelvic Power.1 st ed. Princeton Book company

    Class handouts available on LMS


    Class handouts available on LMS

    Feldenkrais, M.1984. Awareness through Movement Health Exercises for Personal Growth. Penguin

    Todd, M. E. 1937. The Thinking Body.Dance Horizons, New York

  • 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