SPOR08007 2016 Dance

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Marketa Formanova
Programme Membership
SG_BSPOR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_K08 202100 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Sport with Business SG_BBMTS_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Add-on) DoMTS SG_BSPOR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

This module will introduce contemporary dance training to develop further physical skills and other related subjects of the previous years. It will provide learners to experiment range of dance techniques, practices in dance improvisation and dance composition. This application consider a fact that students are not professional dancers but learners and observers. Beside the acquiring physical abilities students will be encouraged to engage in a critical process of reflective discussions and journal practice. This experience will equip students to use these skills in future studies or working in educational system.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify and synthesise theoretical frames to support them to understand applicative dance skills.


Demonstrate an embodied understanding of technique principles to develop kinetic expression in individual dance practice.


Examine and utilize the knowledge acquiring dance technique methods for individual creativity.


Explore dance investigation and self-discovery process applying to improvisation structures and dance composition.


Creatively and cooperatively manage and expand the ability to work on group project - choreography.


Design, construct and develop variation of compositional methods to realise choreography in performance.


Evaluate discussions and methods of creative dance process in the Journal writing related to personal experience, observations and future practice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will actively practise team-based learning to identify theoretical frames to support them to synthesise and deepen their physical experience. The class will be designed to engage student into individual experiential learning to deepen understanding and progress on direct experience both physically and orally. Interactive and creative methods will execute cooperative and collaborative learning in variation of duets, trios and group composition. Students will apply critical and reflective learning skills in journal writing about each class which will enable them to develop self-expression and understand their own learning process.

Module Assessment Strategies

Students’ active engagement and individual progress; collaborative integration and exploration of dance/compositional methods; and journal practice will be assessed during the class and in performance by continuous assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Students will be given the opportunity to perform their group project - choreography on one occasion only. If student will not attend the assessment presentation from real problem, he/she will be assessed on solo project involving all compositional methods.


Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus employs integration of mix dance techniques, dance improvisation and dance composition to embodied movement education and build awareness in structures of dance. It provides the support of understanding of creative dance process and making the choreography to take this knowledge for future educational practice.

Theoretical practices and discussions will be part of the dance module to increase active involvement in dance training. The students will keep journal writing to document their practice. It will critically evaluate self- observation and reflections emerged from the class and other related subjects. The observations will be analysed during each class to benefit students’ learning.


This module is divided in three sections:

Section 1: Theory

The lecture class will present theoretical frameworks, which will allow students to gain overview of contemporary dance and understand the dance form upon which this modern dance was built. The concept of the class will help student to understand their physical experience in practical class. It will also concern the importance of dance practice in education as a part of the physical education and human cultivation.

1. Introduction to dance and its education

1.1 Meaning of dance - Language of humanity

1.2 Modern dance history

1.3 Contemporary dance history

1.4 Understanding dance as education

2. Somatics

3.1 Fundamental principles

3.2 Benefit of somatic exercises

4. Creating and composing dance

4.1 Seeing choreography

4.2 Improvisation and its practicality

4.3 Tools of dance composition


Section 2: Practice of Dance Techniques

The focus will be on individual development of physicality, movement skills and expression in dance techniques and improvisation. The students will experience, analyse and evaluate fundamentals of dance techniques as: Duncan, Post-modern, Yoga and Klein technique. Students will learn a movement sequence based on technique principles which will be expanded during the classes. Each student will experiment with movement ideas emerged from improvisation to develop own expressivity and creation.

Section 3: Dance Composition (Choreography)

The focus will be on collaborative development of using the dance skills to create a dance piece. Students will be organised into few groups and they will be encourage to compose and perform their own choreography. The dance composition will be structured in following methods:

  1. Stimuli for dance
  2. Elements of construction
  3. Design of space
  4. Design in time
  5. Setup, development and variation
  6. Performance

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Presentation Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 25 % Week 12 4,5,6
2 Individual Progress Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Review Book Continuous Assessment Written Report 25 % OnGoing 7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical MPC Hall Dance Practice 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture - Team Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2006-03-27 Teaching Dance As Art in Education Human Kinetics
ISBN 0736051880 ISBN-13 9780736051880

Teaching Dance as Art in Education is a comprehensive introductory textbook that helps dance education majors and dance specialists understand and incorporate the aesthetic foundations of educational dance in grades K-12. Unlike other models of teaching dance, this book delineates what a standards-oriented, aesthetically driven program should encompass for both the dance specialist and his or her K-12 students.

Teaching Dance as Art in Education fosters an understanding of dance as arts education and defines the dance specialist's roles and responsibilities, including how the national arts initiatives and student-centered inquiry affect the teaching of dance. It explains how to advance student growth in the areas most critical to teaching dance: the physical, mental, artistic, and social. Content is delineated through four cornerstones of dance as art in education:

-Dancing and performing

-Creating and composing

-Knowing history, culture, and context

-Analyzing and critiquing
These cornerstones are subsequently integrated into the K-12 Dance Cornerstone Curriculum Framework, which enables dance specialists to develop substantive and sequential dance experiences for students as they progress from kindergarten through grade 12. The framework distills all the skills and concepts that dance specialists need, including developmental expectations for different ages.

Teaching Dance as Art in Education also presents a new instructional approach, the Eight-Step Plan, that facilities integration of all four dance education cornerstones into each unit to make the lessons more coherent. Further, the many features in the textbook help dance specialists become aware of not only their unique roles and responsibilities when teaching educational dance but also how to develop an arts-oriented, professional teaching portfolio.

The following user-friendly features are interwoven throughout the book:

-Reflect and Respond: Case studies, or scenarios, invite the reader to consider an issue or situation and develop a response.

-Questions to Ponder: Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter help readers extend and apply chapter concepts.

-Rich Resources: Suggested resources, such as books, videos, and Web sites, supplement the topics covered in the chapter.

-Notebook or Portfolio: Practical exercises to complete, record, and compile into an arts-oriented teaching portfolio are useful for future job interviews.

-Inspirational Quotes: Selected quotes from famous dancers, choreographers, and teachers support the topics covered.
Teaching Dance as Art in Education reveals how to meet the National Standards in Dance Education without being driven by them, and it goes one step furtherit marries dance with arts education in a way that makes teaching educational dance clear and distinct.

Recommended Reading
2006-01-20 Dance Composition Basics: Capturing the Choreographer's Craft Human Kinetics
ISBN 0736055320 ISBN-13 9780736055321

Text instruction can go only so far in teaching how to create dances. Dance Composition Basics picks up where other textbooks leave off, with a bound-in DVD that features professional choreographers and dancers in action.

Designed for beginning college-level dance composition courses and dance educators at the middle and high school levels, this textbook and DVD package highlights selected portions of original dance compositions by two noted choreographers. The works of Alonzo King (Chants and Dreamer) and Dwight Rhoden (Verge) are recorded and analyzed to sequence the choreographic process. Students are able to witness a progression that takes them from conceiving and refining an idea to improvising and solving movement problems to shaping and performing dances.

The methods featured in Dance Composition Basics can be applied to a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, and jazz. Each of the 27 lessons serves as a starting point that encourages novice dancers to embark on their own attempts at choreography with more confidence.

Structured to present concepts from simple to complex, the chapters cover the body, space, time, energy, and choreographic devices. Each chapter is divided into lessons based on the dance element or concept highlighted. The lessons challenge students to create solo, duet, trio, and group works. Each lesson includes the following components:

-One choreographic concept

-Video documentation of the choreographic concept

-Vocabulary words

-Introductory statement


-Structured improvisations

-Creative choreographic problems

-Questions for discussion

-Assessment rubrics

The DVD supplements the written instruction in a progression that no textbook alone could achieve. It shows dancers as they solve movement problems, and it shows choreographers as they mold their works from conception to stage performance. DVD footage also captures the decision-making and problem-solving tactics used by each choreographer. With these concrete examples, students can form a basis of comparison when completing their own assignments.

Dance Composition Basics is a practical introduction to the methods and tools used in composing dances that engages students in the processthe preferred method of learning and teaching dance composition today. Through real-world examples, this text and DVD package demonstrates the direct relationship of the activities learned in the dance composition class to the current practices used by professional choreographers.

Recommended Reading
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery - 2nd Edition 2nd (second) Edition by Franklin, Eric published by Human Kinetics (2012) Human Kinetics

Recommended Reading
2012-06-01 Ballet and Modern Dance (Third Edition) (World of Art) Thames & Hudson
ISBN 050020411X ISBN-13 9780500204115

Vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring the contemporary dance world, this revised and extended edition is a comprehensive study of dance.

Dances extraordinary range extends from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap, and ethnic dancing. This comprehensive history covers the entire spectrum, vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring in detail the contemporary dance world.

A generous selection of illustrations completes the picture, taking the reader from the dancing of Louis XIVs court to the experimental choreography of today.

For this third edition, Philadelphia-based dance critic James Rutter has written a new introduction and a revised and extended final chapter, Moving into the New Millennium.

29 color illustrations, 120 black and white illustrations

Recommended Reading
2006 Light on Yoga: The Classic Guide to Yoga by the World's Foremost Harper Collins Publishers

Light On Yoga is a classic text on the philosophy and practice of Yoga.Light On Yoga is a definitive guide about Yoga, a rigorous discipline for attaining physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It is aimed at beginners as well as advanced practitioners of Yoga. The book begins a foreword by Yehudi Menhuin, a famous violinist and a friend of the author. It is divided into three parts. The first part contains an introduction to Yoga, tracing its historical origin to ancient India. The second part is dedicated to yogasanas, bandhas, and kriyas. It covers numerous asanas or poses in great detail. Each asana is illustrated by a photograph. This is followed by step-by-step instructions that will help with perfecting the asana. The benefits of each pose, the ailments it cures, and the precautions it requires are also included. The third part of the book is dedicated to the concept of Pranayama, a form of yogic breathing. It covers the technique of pranayama, its precautions, its effects, and its types. The book ends with two appendices. The first one provides the sequence in which the asanas are to be performed. The second appendix recommends specific asanas for targeting and curing specific diseases. Light On Yoga was first published in 1966. Since then, it has been considered to be a must-have for serious practitioners of Yoga. It has been translated into sixteen languages including German, Hebrew, Korean, and Italian. This particular edition is a 2004 reprint by Thorsons. It has been updated to bring a cleaner and more structured look to the original classic.

Recommended Reading
2006 Dance anatomy and kinesiology 1st Edition Human Kinetics

Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology will help dancers learn anatomical and biomechanical principles as they apply to dance performance. The text focuses on optimal dance movement and the related principles for understanding the function of body joints. And by applying those principles, dancers can help reduce their risk of injury and enhance their performance longevity. Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology includes special practical applications: Concept Demonstrations provide hands-on exercises to try. Tests and Measurements are specific to selected regions of the body. Dance Cues help analyze cue effectiveness and promote optimal movement execution. Study Questions and Applications help apply chapter concepts Attachments provide the pronunciations, attachments, and key actions of the primary muscles covered in this text. This text offers valuable scientific knowledge and understanding for dancers, helping them to blend anatomical and kinesiological principles with artistic expression. Such a blend of science and art will empower dancers to realize their potential and expand their artistic vision.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  • Feldenkrais, M. (1990), Awareness through movement, Harper one: New York.
  • Hanna, T. (1995), "What is somatics?", in Hanlon-Johnson, D. ed., Body, Breath & Gesture, California: North Atlantic Books, 342-352
  • Brodie, J. & Lobel, E. (2004), Integrating Fundamenatal Principles Underlying Somatic Practices into Dance Technique Class. Journal of Dance Education, No 5(4), 105-111


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