DANCE101-19B (HAM)

Dance, Movement and Culture

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School of Arts
Theatre Studies and Dance


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Paper Description

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This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
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Paper Structure

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Dance, Movement and Culture is taught through:

two two-hour compulsory 'lectures' each week on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and Thursday from 11-1pm.

This paper is taught through 'lectures' that combine practical dance classes, workshops, lecture/discussions and rehearsals. All scheduled hours are in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Dance Studio (PA.G.03).

Students should attend all 4 scheduled hours each week. Students should also anticipate participating in self-directed rehearsals and other activities outside scheduled lectures in preparation for assessments.

Please come to all 'lectures' with pens, a journal for note taking and the paper outline, AS WELL AS a plastic water bottle and appropriate clothing for dance. (Bare feet, comfortable long shorts, leggings or track pants, lose t-shirts or long sleeved tops and appropriate underwear. Please avoid socks, leotards, short shorts or rugby shorts, and any clothing with extra zips or studs.)

All students should endeavour to conduct themselves appropriately in all activities, demonstrating effective personal self-management and responsibility through classes, workshops, rehearsals and in relation to theatre protocols for production and performance.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • engage in embodied activities in a range of dance forms
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  • enhance embodied understandings of dance through reflection and research using relevant reading and class discussion
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  • investigate and communicate understandings of various forms and roles of dance in different social, cultural and community contexts
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  • apply basic choreographic principles in the development of group choreography
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  • work cooperatively, make decisions and solve problems within group activities
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  • self-manage and take responsibility throughout classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances
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This paper involves internal assessment and does not have a final examination.

Please note that Assignment Four, the group dance, will occur outside of regular scheduled classes, on the evening of Tuesday 15th October during Study Week. Students need to be available from 4.45pm to 9pm this evening to participate in technical and dress rehearsals.

During busy rehearsals and performance times, please ensure that you have negotiated your schedule of work, family and social commitments so that you can be fully present for performances. Please note that appropriate conduct is expected of all students during these busy times.

Please note that some activities in class and assessments may be recorded on video for the purposes of internal student, staff and course reflection and assessment. Recorded material will not be used in any other form without prior permission. Students are usually able to access a recording of their performances for their personal records, but this recording is not for public, social media or online sharing.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Worksheet
18 Jul 2019
1:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Assessment 2: Reflections on Experiencing Dance
19 Aug 2019
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assessment 3: Dance poster
11 Sep 2019
2:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Assessment 4: Group dance
15 Oct 2019
7:00 PM
  • Other: Present during scheduled evening performance
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings have been compiled through the Waikato Reading List for this paper and the link is below. Students must complete the readings on dance topics prior to each class as outlined by the lecturer. Required reading list follows, noting that one or two additional papers may be added during the semester.

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Recommended Readings

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Smith-Autard, J.M. (2010). Dance composition. A practical guide to creative success in dance making (6th ed). London: AC & Black.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Additional materials, power point slides, online links, assessment information, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

Learning in dance is embodied – that is, you have to be present and actively participating in movement to learn in this paper. Students are thus required to attend and participate in all practical activities including dance classes, workshops and rehearsals.

Please note that students are encouraged to write their own notes in a personal journal during and following classes. No notes are provided from the practical activities.

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The workload for this 100 level university paper is 150 hours total.

Students must attend all four hours scheduled each week (48 hours) and 5 additional hours scheduled for the final assessment (total of 53 contact hours). Students should complete the remaining 97 hours independently (approximately 6 hours per week including teaching recess and study week, reading, researching, undertaking activities and rehearsals associated with assessments).

Workload may also include attending other weekly dance classes on campus such as Open Contemporary Dance classes and Wednesday 1-2pm Unity Dance Club, Te Waiora Kapa Haka practices, other dance classes in the community and complimentary practices such as yoga, pilates and aerobics.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper links well to second year Dance, Theatre Studies and Māori Performing Arts papers, as well as Health, Sport and Human Performance papers. In particular DANCE201Choreographing Dance, DANCE202 Community Dance, EDART225 Dance and Education, MAORI257 Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Māori, THSTS202 Theatre Workshop, THSTS212 Developing Text in Action and THSTS260 Exploring the Physical in Theatre.

This paper leads into DANCE301 Performing Dance, THSTS308 Creating Theatre and other performing arts papers.

To complete a MINOR in DANCE, students should complete DANCE101, DANCE201, DANCE202 and DANCE301.

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Restricted papers: SPLS105

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