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ACD110 - Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

No longer available for enrolment 

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

Shaun McLeod





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 2 hour Studio per week


This unit does not require an Audition


This unit offers students an introduction to aspects of contemporary dance practice without the need for extensive training. The emphasis will be on exploring dance through different approaches to improvisation and developing a phenomenal or experiential understanding of the body. It will locate and explore dance practices that focus on the internal and personal experiences of the practitioner, rather than dance 'techniques' which require extensive technical training. Through studio-based workshops in dance improvisation and functional human anatomy (with specific focus on the skeletal system) students will learn ways to 'enliven' or bring awareness to the body, as well as ways to safely and creatively explore their movement. Students will also be expected to mobilize their improvisation skills in the live performance context (in class). The practical components aim to extend students' range of movement possibilities and enhance their understanding of the body as an articulate and expressive medium. The unit will also reflect on the theoretical and historical perspectives which have created this sub-culture of wider contemporary dance practice. Central to the unit is the philosophy that dance and performance is accessible to anybody, and that personal experience and creativity can be realized through improvisation based on recognised resources that question and elaborate the nature of lived and objective bodies.


On-going assessment of class contributions and practical exercises as assessed against stated criteria 20%

Essay, 1200 words, 30%

Research project in anatomy 20%

Improvised performance as assessed against stated criteria 30%

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