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Dance Technique 5 (DNCE30011)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeDNCE30011
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Dance Technique 5 (DT5) furthers the expansion of skills established in DT4 with emphasis on preparing the student for the professional dance sector. Three classes in Contemporary dance technique, two in Ballet technique and one in Yoga per week form this subject maintaining focus on co-ordination, momentum, economy of action, anatomical function and dynamic alignment to support and expand technical proficiency, articulation and expressiveness. Some classes in both Contemporary and Ballet will be delivered in smaller groups to facilitate greater attention to individual needs. Other classes with dance industry professionals complement the training and foster students’ versatility and ability to respond and adapt to a range of styles and vocabularies. Working at an advanced level in both Ballet and Contemporary technique students are challenged to develop their highest potential in terms of technical proficiency, movement range, cardiovascular endurance, expression and musicality.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable the student to:

  • Demonstrate ballet and contemporary techniques with an advanced level of physical and technical proficiency.
  • Display advanced skills relating to the acquisition and retention of highly complex movement sequences.
  • Demonstrate advanced performance skills within the contexts of ballet and contemporary techniques.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Perform ballet and contemporary techniques at an advanced level through the integration and embodiment of knowledge acquired throughout the course.
  • Demonstrate a broad dynamic range encompassing strength, control, flexibility, balance, speed and the ability to efficiently organise changes of direction and traverse space with strength and ease.
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn unseen work quickly and accurately.
  • Perform complex movement sequences with clarity maintaining dynamics, rhythm, spatial organisation and compositional intent.

Eligibility and requirements


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


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE30015 Performance Project A
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of Year 2 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

Two progress assessments in Contemporary Dance and Ballet (10%). Formal written feedback is provided by 2 assessors in both Contemporary Dance and Ballet; the result provides an indication of overall course work mark for Dance Technique 5 and progress towards Formal Practical Exams in Contemporary Dance and Ballet. Students at risk are notified at interview and in writing.

Students attend a mid semester interview with 2 staff to review progress across all subjects, including Dance Technique 5. Formal written feedback from Progress Assessment is discussed.

Coursework (50%) – Active, physical and on-going engagement in practical classes, (including regular individual feedback) against the following criteria:

  • Attendance* 5%
  • Progress 15%
  • Standard 15%
  • Work ethic 15%

* 100% punctual and full attendance is expected. A formula is applied to a student’s actual attendance which distributes marks from 5% to zero, where zero represents less than 60% attendance.

Formal Practical Examination in Ballet (1.5 hours) in class group at the end of semester (20%).

Formal Practical Examination in Contemporary Dance (1.5 hours) in class group at the end of semester (20%).

*80% Attendance Hurdle must be met for Yoga to pass the subject. 100% weekly punctual and full attendance is expected at all classes..

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMeredith Blackburn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours120 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

    Meredith Blackburn

Time commitment details

3 X 1.5 hours Contemporary Class per week 2 X 1.5 hours Ballet per week 1 X 1.5 hours Yoga per week Estimated Total Time Commitment: 144 hours.

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: 2 August 2019