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ACD110 - Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Mcleod




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Note: (This unit does not require an Audition)


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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 lessons 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 movement in dance. 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 expressive medium. The unit will also reflect on the theoretical and historical perspectives which have created this sub-group of mainstream 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.


On-going assessment of class contributions and practical exercises as assessed against stated criteria 20%, essay 1500 words 30%, research project in anatomy 20%, improvised performance as assessed against stated criteria 30%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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