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Performing Arts - Dance

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Colleen Toohey-Jones
Head of Department

Dance is a language of movement where the potential of the body as an instrument of communication is realised. It is a powerful and dynamic form of human expression. Dance encourages the holistic involvement of the individual. It engages the mind, body and spirit and provides opportunities for the development of physical, expressive, “critical, imaginative, appreciative and perceptive abilities”. (Bannon & Sanderson, 2000)

The dimensions for a course in this subject are:

  • Choreography

  • Performance

  • Appreciation

  • Attitudes and values.


These dimensions are underpinned by knowledge, understanding and physical exploration of dance components and skills in a differing contexts, genres and styles. Students work individually and with others to achieve the general objectives.
In the study of Dance, students also have opportunities to use and explore a range of technologies, and to develop an understanding of the impact of those technologies on the creation, performance and analysis of dance. Furthermore, students examine the ways in which other arts forms challenge, shape and influence the creation and performance of dance.

 

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Last reviewed 04 June 2019
Last updated 04 June 2019