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ACD102 - Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

No longer available for enrolment

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Sally Gardner

Prerequisite:ACD101 or ACD201


Incompatible with:

AAP112, ACD202, ACD402

Contact hours:

3 x 1.5 hour Studio and 1 x 2 hour Studio per week


The unit continues and extends students' examination of the fundamental principles of contemporary dance technique and composition. It aims to provide students with a practical and embodied understanding of current approaches to contemporary dance, further development of students' choreographic experience and continued studies in theoretical and historical perspectives of contemporary dance. Two practical classes per week in contemporary dance technique will extend students' knowledge of kinaesthetic awareness, physical alignment, musicality, spatial awareness and physical control within dynamic and energetic movement phrases. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of contact improvisation. Studies in dance theory and dance technique will explore the impact and influence of contact improvisation on the development of contemporary dance practice since its inception in the early 1970's. In choreographic seminars and assignments, students will undertake movement observation and creation. 


On-going assessment in technique classes according to stated criteria 30% (Attendance of at least 90% of practical classes is compulsory)

Examined choreographic studies 30%

Essay and Portfolio 40%

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