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VCE Dance: Unit 3

This Unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of solo dance work and involves the physical execution of a diverse range of body actions and use of technical and performance skills. Students also learn a group dance work created by another choreographer. The dance-making and performance processes involved in choreographing, rehearsing and performing the solo dance work, and learning, rehearsing and performing the learnt group dance work are analysed.

   
 
 

Students also develop an understanding of choreographic skills through an analysis of ways the expressive intention chosen by the choreographer of twentieth and/or twenty-first century solo dance works selected from the prescribed list of dance works is developed through the use of choreographic devices and arrangement of phrases and sections.

Students analyse expressive use of movement vocabulary in the selected dance works, and cultural influences on the choreographers' choice of expressive intention, and technical and production aspects of the dance works. Works for study for Outcome 1 must be selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works.

 

Area of Study 1: Dance Perspectives

   

This area of study focuses on developing an understanding of the ways choreographers of prescribed twentieth and/or twenty-first century solo dance works arrange selected movement vocabulary into related phrases and movement sections to create formal structures to communicate their expressive intention. Students analyse phrasing in selected solo dance works with reference to the choreographers' use of body actions, technical and physical skills, choreographic devices and choreographic manipulations of the elemetns of movement. Dance design including the relationship between expressive intention, movement vocabulary and form and cultural influences is also studied.

Works selected for study of this outcome must be selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works published annually in the VCAA Bulletin. In this area of study the term 'choreographer' can be understood as one or more choreographers.

 
 

Area of Study 2: Choreography, Performance and Dance Making Analysis

   

This area of study focuses on choreography and performance of a solo dance work. Students study ways of creating a personal movement vocabulary which is then arranged into related phrases and sections to create expressive formal structures to communicate an expressive intention. The student's choice of expressive intention facilitates the expressive execution of a diverse range of body actions and manipulations of the elements of movement through the safe use of a wide range of technical and physical skills. Students analyse and document ways phrases are formed, including use of movement creation processes, choreographic devices, choreographic manipulations of the elements of movement, and the expressive use of body actions through the safe use of technical and physical skills. Dancemaking and performance processes used to choreograph, rehearse and perform the student's solo dance work are identified and documented.

 

 

Area of Study 3: Dance Technique, Performance and Dance Analysis

   

This area of study focuses on expanding the student's technical and physical skills and expressive execution of movement vocabulary to include the safe and accurate execution of group movement sequences, phrases and movement sections of technical complexity in a learnt group dance work. Students continue to undertake regular and systematic dance training as they learn the selected group dance work. They also analyse and document the processes involved in learning, rehearsing and performing the selected dance work.

In this area of study, the term 'choreographer' can be understood as one or more choreographers.

 


Assessment

The award of satisfactory completion for a Unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the Unit. This decision will be based on the teacher's assessment of the student's overall performance on assessment tasks designated for the Unit.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority publishes an assessment handbook that includes advice on the assessment tasks and performance descriptors for assessment. The key knowledge and skills listed for each outcome should be used as a guide to course design and the development of learning activities. The key knowledge and skills do not constitute a checklist and such an approach is not necessary or desirable for determining the achievement of outcomes. The elements of key knowledge and skills should not be assessed separately.

Assessment of Levels of Achievement

The student's level of achievement in Unit 3 will be determined by school-assessed course work, an end-of-year performance examination and an end-of-year written examination.

Contribution to Final Assessment

School-assessed course work for Unit 3 will contribute 15% to the study score. The level of achievement for Units 3 & 4 is also by an end-of-year performance examination which will contribute 50% to the study score, and an end-of-year written examination which will contribute 25% to the study score.

School-Assessed Course Work

Teachers will provide to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority a score representing an assessment of the student's level of achievement. The score must be based on the teacher's rating of performance of each student on the tasks set out in the following table and in accordance with an assessment handbook published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The assessment handbook also includes advice on the assessment tasks and performance descriptors for assessment. Assessment tasks must be a part of the regular teaching and learning program and must not unduly add to the workload assocaiated with that program. They must be completed mainly in class and within a limited timeframe. Where optional assessment tasks are used, teachers must ensure that they are comparable in scope and demand. Teachers should select a variety of assessmet tasks for their program to reflect the key knowledge and skills being assessed and to provide for different learning styles.

Outcomes (60 Marks in Total)

 

Outcome 1 (20 Marks allocated)

   

Analyse cultural influences on, and the movement vocabulary and use of, related phrases, movement sections, formal structures and dance design to communicate the expressive intention in prescribed solo dance works.

Assessment tasks:
Analysis of works selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works for Unit 3 in any one or a combination of the following formats:
- A written report
- An essay
- An annoated visual report.

 
 

Outcome 2 (20 Marks allocated)

   

Choreograph, rehearse and perform a solo dance work using a personal movement vocabulary and technical, physical and performance skills to communicate their expressive intention, and analyse the processes used to choreograph, rehearse and perform the dance work.

Assessment tasks:
Analysis of the processes used in the choreography, rehearsal and performance of a solo dance work choreographed by the student in one of the following formats:
- A written report
- An essay
- An annoated visual report.

 

 

Outcome 3 (20 Marks allocated)

   

Learn, rehearse and perform a group dance work created by another choreographer, and analyse the processes involved in learning, rehearsing and performing the work.

Assessment tasks:
Performance of a learnt group dance work created by another choreographer.

 


 

VCE Dance Unit 1

 

VCE Dance Unit 2

 

VCE Dance Unit 3

 

VCE Dance Unit 4

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