Dance

The Year 10 dance course is a rigorous and challenging course that builds on the skills and technique taught in Year 9 Dance and offers a springboard for preparing students for either the VET Certificate III in Dance or ATAR Dance in Year 11 and 12. This unit explores a variety of Dance styles including Contemporary, Tap Dance, Musical Theatre, Theatrical Jazz, Acrobatics and Improvisation. This unit is a multi-disciplinary study of Dance, with practical and theoretical studies in all areas of Dance. Students are exposed to practices, which encourage the development of health and fitness as well as safe dance practice.

Practical classes will aim to increase student flexibility and strength through warm-up; develop technique and discipline through dance exercises; and increase stage presence and confidence through performance and learning routines. Students are also given the opportunity to be taught by varying choreographers in dance workshops included in the course.

The structure of the dance course allows for both beginners and advanced dance students to be challenged equally. Each term commences with a different dance style focus. The course integrally is focused toward the Prendiville Dance Showcase, which takes place annually in Term Three. Throughout the year, students are also given several opportunities to choreograph and create their own dance works, increasing their ability to work collaboratively and perform their work for an audience.

The primary focus of this course is to prepare students for the Dance ATAR course with a focus on performance and developing their written skills through the study of the history of different dance companies, dancers and choreographers, the skeletal and muscular systems and the biomechanics of dance. Students will have the opportunity to attend live dance performances in theatres around Perth, to develop their analytical skills.

Course Requirements: Students will be expected to perform at the Prendiville Dance Showcase in Term 3 as an assessed unit. Students will also require the Prendiville Dance uniform for each Dance class. This is available from the Uniform Shop and consists of:

  • Females: Black leotard and black leggings
  • Males: Black pants and Black t-shirt

Prerequisite: C Grade or above in the Year 9 Dance course at Prendiville Catholic College or entry upon audition/interview with the Dance Coordinator.

Pathway: This course leads to ATAR Dance and/or the Certificate III in Dance in Year 11 and 12.

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