DANCE101-22B (HAM)

Dance, Movement and Culture

15 Points

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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.

Because this is a practical workshop-based class, attendance is necessary as the learning experience is embodied.

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Paper Structure

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Dance, Movement and Culture is taught through two weekly WORKSHOPS on Mondays from 9-11am and Thursday from 11-1pm.

These workshops combine practical dance activities, lecture/discussions, some assessments and rehearsals. All scheduled hours are in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Dance Studio (PA.G.03).

Students should ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS each week. Students should also anticipate participating in self-directed rehearsals and other activities outside scheduled workshops in preparation for assessments.

Please come to all workshops 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, loose t-shirts or long sleeved tops and appropriate underwear. Please avoid socks, leotards, short shorts, hot pants or rugby shorts, and 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 workshops and rehearsals and in relation to theatre protocols for production and performance.

Please note that any change in individual or whole class ability to participate in workshops as a result of COVID-19 health concerns will lead to alternative assessments.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • engage in embodied activities in a range of dance/movement forms in workshops
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  • enhance embodied understandings of dance/movement through reflection and research using relevant reading, video and class discussion
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  • investigate and communicate understandings of various forms and roles of dance in different social, historical, 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 workshops
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  • reflect, self-manage and take responsibility throughout workshops, rehearsals and performances
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This paper involves internal assessment and does not have a final examination.

Please note that Assessment Four, will occur outside of regular scheduled workshops. The proposed date is in the final week of the trimester. Students need to be available to participate in technical and dress rehearsals, and the performance from 5-9.30pm) outside scheduled workshops. Specific times will be negotiated and confirmed in workshops.

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. Appropriate conduct is expected of all students during these busy times.

Please note that some activities in workshops and some assessments may be recorded on video for the purposes of internal student, staff and paper 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. Worksheet
4 Aug 2022
11:00 AM
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Embodied Learning in workshops
25 Aug 2022
1:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Dance poster
19 Sep 2022
11:00 AM
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
4. Choreograph and perform a group dance
21 Oct 2022
5:00 PM
  • Other: Present during scheduled performance time
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 workshop as outlined by the lecturer. Students must use required readings for their assessments. Required reading list follows, noting that one or two additional readings 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 dance paper. A weekly schedule will be provided to guide students, alongside the schedule in this paper outline. Moodle can be accessed via MyWaikato. Learning materials such as power point slides, worksheets, online links to videos to watch, required readings (Waikato Reading Lists), 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 workshops and rehearsals.

Please note that students are encouraged to write their own notes in a personal journal during and following workshops. Notes are not provided from the practical activities as the learning is embodied.

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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 8 additional hours scheduled for the final assessment (total of 56 contact hours). Students should complete the remaining 97 hours independently (approximately 6 hours per week including teaching recess, reading, researching, undertaking activities and rehearsals associated with assessments).

Workload may also include attending other weekly dance classes on campus such as 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 Dance, Theatre Studies and Māori Performing Arts papers, as well as Health, Sport and Human Performance papers. In particular DANCE201 Choreographing Dance, EDART201 Dance and Education, MAORI157 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 and DANCE301 and one other approved paper such as MAORI157, THSTS212, EDART201 or MUSIC226.

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Restricted papers: SPLS105

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