Students learn about Hip Hop dance styles: street dance, break dance, funk styles. They also study the history and culture of Hip Hop. Students choreograph dance works using a variety of stimuli to develop themes and ideas. They complete a research assignment on Hip Hop culture and analyse dance works. Students perform a group dance choreographed by the teacher at the end of semester.
ARB50: Moving Moments
Students are introduced to dance-making concepts, in particular the Elements of Movement, with a focus on Space, Body Actions (G.L.E.F.T.S) and Group Structures. Through collaboration they learn to choreograph dance works using a variety of stimuli to develop themes and ideas. Students investigate Youth Dance Practices in Australia and create their own Dance Company. Students perform a group dance choreographed by the teacher and analyse their own and other’s dance works.
ARB51: Dance World
Students extend their knowledge about the values and lifestyles of various cultures and subcultures around the world. They research and analyse dance works, exploring tradition and ritual as well as informing their own dance-making practice. Students explore the influences of music and dance, and compare modern movement to cultural styles. In addition, students collaborate to create group dance works and continue to develop physical skills for dance.
ARC52: Off Broadway
In this unit students will explore the history of dance in Musicals, as well as the use of dance to give meaning and to enhance a storyline. They will also learn the specifics of the stage technique of Jazz, applying this knowledge to compose Jazz inspired dance works. They will create group and duo dance compositions with an expressive intention and perform learnt phrase material. Students will also continue to develop physical skills in dance such as balance, flexibility, co-ordination, control and stamina. There will be opportunities to perform student composition during the semester.
ARC53: Physical Graffiti
Students learn the techniques and processes of contemporary and traditional partner styles, physical theatre and dance composition. They explore safe dance methods with a focus on lifts, contact performance, counterbalance & group structures. Students investigate current practices and explore the history of different styles through various ICT mediums. Students compose original dance works and broaden their dance terminology.
ARD53: Dance Production
The teacher and the class negotiate a focus for a staged dance production. The production may be in the genre of: a revue, cabaret, dance theatre, dance on screen/film, or any other form that the whole group decides. The first term will comprise investigation, movement creation and assignment of production tasks (costumes, make-up, set design, publicity, AV). During the second term, choreography and production tasks will be finalised, culminating in a performance evening for an invited audience. Students will maintain a detailed Production and Performance folio.
ARE51: Dance Revolution
This subject leads into VCE. Using various ICT mediums students undertake research and analysis of Dance History from pre 20th Century through to the 21st Century. Students continue to develop their physical skills for dance. Students learn, rehearse, perform and analyse choreographed dance works. Group and solo compositions are developed that implement various stimuli, such as artworks and current global issues, to communicate meaning through dance.