ACD104 - Exploring Dance Styles


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour practical, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


Students will learn two out of several different cultural dance styles (such as, Hip-Hop, Indian dance, Indigenous dance) through practical, studio-based dance classes. A transcultural workshop will practically examine ways in which the cultural attributes of the different styles can be brought together in choreographic and performance-based ways as a means of enabling cross-cultural dialogue. 

Hurdle requirement

Students enrolled in this unit must participate in 2 practical, dance technique workshops per week, through which they will undertake the practical work for assessment task one.

These practical workshops will enable students to develop physical skills including:

  • consistent control and articulation of different parts of the body,
  • understanding movement principles such as the use of weight and momentum,
  • developing musicality, rhythm and timing,
  • differentiating different movement qualities,
  • understanding safe dance practices, and;
  • participating in a process of learning prescribed movement vocabulary from an expert teacher.

The workshops aim to develop a shared appreciation amongst students of the capacities of the human body in dance and in a context in which dance is understood as an artform. This appreciation, and accompanying embodiment of physical skills, will form the creative grounding for choreographic explorations, creative tasks, and practical assessments that occur in this unit. The classes will enable all students to participate in the unit from a position of physical understanding, safety and personal confidence. They will also ask students to engage with standards and expectations as they exist in the professional context. 

In order for students to develop physical strength and physically integrate their learning, students must participate consistently in these dance technique workshops. Therefore, students must attend at least 90% of their allotted classes (or make up classes at another time subject to availability).

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