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Integrated Body Mind Practices 3 (DNCE20020)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20020
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will involve further study and practice ofboth kinesiology and Feldenkrais.

In Kinesiology students will delve into 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 the relationships of both bone and muscle groups in relation 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 with emphasis on working with information, theory, somatic & experiential processes. The overriding theme is of integrating the appendicular skeleton to the stable and pliable axial skeleton and the stabilisation and integration of lower body structures.

In the Feldenkrais classes, the students will continue to investigate a range of different movement patterns with a focus on their own individual organisation and the connection between intention and action. Each class will include a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, exploratory improvisation exercises, reflection and discussion. The development of kinaesthetic awareness through this process increases the students' stability, range and co-ordination and also gives them greater insight into the ways they can improve the dynamic quality of their effort, both internally and spatially. Through the processes of improvisation and witnessing in small groups, the learning from this class can be further clarified and integrated with other areas of their practice.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:


  • Utilise the actions of reach, push and pull as sources of movement and intent
  • Identify Ideokinetic principles underlying good postural organisation of the shoulders and arms.
  • Organise and move freely with the shoulders whilst maintaining an engaged centre and freedom of the neck.
  • Balance and mediate forces through the pelvis through the kinetic chain of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.
  • Integrate turnout without bracing through tensile lift.
  • Find internal space and support through the diaphragms of the body whilst in movement.
  • Maintain 3 dimensional depth whilst moving through space.
  • Maintain internal relationships whilst moving from deep imagery with both internal and external focus.
  • Move in a performance state


  • Increase stability, balance, range, co-ordination and agility
  • Improve spatial orientation, dynamic and quality of effort
  • Sense more clearly the connection between intention and action
  • Identify personal and interpersonal movement patterns
  • Work creatively in movement exploration – on their own and in collaboration with others

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10018 Integrated Body Mind Practices 1
Semester 1
DNCE20013 Dance Technique 3
Semester 1


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE20018 Dance Technique 4
Semester 2

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) Body Mind Practices 1 and Dance Technique 3 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%
The timing of assessment is ongoing and 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 of written assignments is 45%.

Kinesiology practical exam. Timing of assessment is end of semester and 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 is required.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hoursSee below
    Total time commitment60 hours
    Teaching period15 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date26 July 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

1 x 1.5 hours Kinesiology workshop1 x 1.5 hours Feldenkrais workshop TOTAL 3 hours contact Estimated total time commitment: 60 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


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