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VCE Dance: Unit 4

This Unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of a unified solo dance work which has a beginning, development/s and resolution. When rehearsing and performing this work, students focus on expressive and accurate execution of choreographic variations of spatial organisation and demonstration of performance skills.

   
 
 

Students also document and analyse the dance-making and performance processes involved in choreography, rehearsal and performance of the unified solo dance work.

Students understanding of choreographic skills is also developed and refined through an analysis of ways in which the choreographers' intention can be expressed through the manipulation of group structures and the elements of spatial organisation, including direction, level, eye/body focus and dimension, in group dance works by twentieth and/or twenty-first century choreographers. Cultural influences on choices made by choreographers in these works are also studied. 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 twentieth and/or twenty-first century group dance works choreographically manipulate group structures and the elements of spatial organisation, including direction, level, eye/body focus and dimension, to communicate their expressive intention. Cultural influences on choices made by choreographers of the selected works are analysed.

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 explore ways of manipulating the elements of spatial organisation including direction, level, eye/body focus and dimension, and create a unified composition to communicate their chosen expressive intention.

Students analyse and document the manipulation of the elements of spatial organisation, and the creation of movement phrases and sections to create an expressive formal structure and unified composition in their solo dance work. Dance-making and performance processes used in the choreography, rehearsal and performance of the student's solo dance work are also identified, documented and analysed.

Students present a performance of their solo dance work that demonstrates safe and accurate execution of movement vocabulary and expressive performance skills.

 


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 4 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 4 will contribute 10% 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 (40 Marks in Total*)

* School-assessed course work for Unit 4 contributes 10% to the study score.

 

Outcome 1 (20 Marks allocated)

   

Analyse cultural influences on, and the use of, group structures and the elements of spatial organisation to communicate the expressive intention in prescribed group dance works.

Assessment tasks:
Analysis of works selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works for Unit 4 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 which has a unified composition and communicates an expressive intention through the manipulation of the elements of spatial organisation, 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.

 

End-of-Year Performance Examination

Students will perform two dance works that they have individually choreographed in:

 

Unit 3, Outcome 2: This solo dance work will be based on an expressive intention. The dance work will include a focus on technique and require students to demonstrate physical skills and use of the elements of movement.

     
 

Unit 4, Outcome 2: This solo dance will be based on an expressive intention. The dance work will include a focus on compositional skills and require students to demonstrate an understanding of spatial organisation and the making of a unified composition. A unified dance composition includes a beginning, development/s and a resolution.

Each solo dance work must be based on key knowledge and skills specified for the relevant outcomes. Only the dance solo works choreographed in Unit 3, Outcome 2 and Unit 4, Outcome 2 will be assessed.

Students are required to present to assessors immediately prior to performance a written Statement of Expressive Intention of not more than 80-100 words, which outlines the expressive intention of their composition solo in Unit 4. The Statement of Expressive Intention is not assessed. A pro-forma for the Statement of Expressive Intention will be published annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Knowledge and understanding of safe dance principles should be applied in the performance of each solo dance work.

Conditions

The examination will be completed under the following conditions:

 

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority examination rules will apply. Details of these rules are published annually in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook

 

The performance venue is set annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

 

Each live performance of each solo work should be presented as a single uninterrupted performance of at least two and a half minutes, and a maximum of five minutes in duration.


Contribution to Final Assessment

The performance examination will contribute 50% to the study score.

End-of-Year Written Examination

Students will answer a series of questions focusing on Unit 3, Outcomes 1, 2 and 3 and Unit 4, Outcomes 1 and 2. The examination will include short and extended response questions. Some questions will require analysis of works from the Prescribed List of Dance Works published annually in the VCAA Bulletin.

The examination will be completed under the following conditions:

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Date: End of year, on a date published annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

 

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority examination rules will apply. Details of these rules are published annually in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook

 

The examination will be marked by assessors appointed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


Contribution to Final Assessment

The examination will contribute 25% to the study score.

 

VCE Dance Unit 1

 

VCE Dance Unit 2

 

VCE Dance Unit 3

 

VCE Dance Unit 4

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