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The training paradigm in contemporary and classical dance techniques is continued with three classes in Contemporary, two in Ballet and one in Yoga providing the platform for further development of technically strong dancers capable of exploring the breadth of artistry within their dance technique. Two classes in both Contemporary and Ballet will be delivered in smaller groups to provide individualized application of training. Training in each of the techniques will deepen the knowledge of the body and its movement possibilities. Students will study the advanced steps of Ballet with an emphasis on demi-pointe work and steps of grand elevation. In Contemporary Dance classes, presentation of more demanding movement sequences assists students to develop greater technical proficiency and a more extensive movement range. Classes continue to highlight the importance of efficient alignment, cardiovascular endurance, expression and musicality.
This subject continues to integrate the conceptual language and practices of the subject Integrated Body Mind Practices and is taken alongside a Dance Elective.
Intended learning outcomes
- Extend the application of alignment principles, technical accuracy and energy efficiency in the execution of more complex movement phrases in contemporary and ballet technique.
- Increased ability to organise and direct the body in time and space.
- Increased ability to direct the body’s centre of mass around and away from its axis.
- Further development of muscular strength, tone and flexibility.
- Capacity to use visualisation techniques to enhance movement form.
- A strong work ethic (maintenance of self-discipline, concentration and application).
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 and contemporary 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
Last updated: 6 December 2019