Dance & Drama

The Drama ATAR course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice as students integrate their knowledge and skills. Students use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others. Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use technologies such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings.

Unit 1 – Representational, Realist Drama

The focus for this unit is representational, realist drama. Students explore techniques of characterisation through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Stanislavski and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret, perform and produce texts in forms and styles related to representational, realistic drama that educate and present perspectives.

Unit 2 – Presentational, Non-realist Drama

The focus of this unit is presentational, non-realist drama. Students explore techniques of role and/or character through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Brecht and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret and perform drama texts related to presentational, non-realistic drama that challenge and question perspectives.

Prerequisite: Year 10 Specialised Drama C grade or higher.

English prerequisite: Year 10 English C grade or higher.

Students choosing the Drama ATAR course in Year 11/12 are strongly advised to complete the Specialised Drama course in Year 10. Any student who completes the Drama course in Year 9 and achieves exceptional results, but does not do the course in Year 10 may be considered at the discretion of the Drama staff.

Course requirements: Students are required to have a pair of ‘theatre blacks’ for this subject (black pants or shorts and a black t-shirt).

Pathway: Units 3 and 4 ATAR Drama in Year 12.

The study of Dance acknowledges the interrelationship between practical and theoretical aspects, the making and performing of movement and the appreciation of its meaning. It allows students to make and present dance relevant to their lives. The Dance General course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision‐making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to make dance works. Students experience an intrinsic sense of enjoyment and personal achievement through expressing and challenging themselves physically. As a physical art form, dance is able to offer an opportunity for them to achieve an elite level of movement skills. They gain an understanding of the physical competencies specific to dance, including experiential anatomy (movement specific alignment), strength, flexibility, coordination and rhythmic understanding, while learning to use the body as a medium for artistic expression. The study of dance draws on other disciplines, including yoga, martial arts and gymnastics. It is essential that students demonstrate safe dance practices and understand health issues that will enhance their general physical well‐being and prolong their dance involvement.

Students reflect on, respond to, and evaluate how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. They learn about the origins of dance and its importance as a form of expression and that it can represent a variety of political, cultural and historical motivations. This understanding informs their own dance‐making and the dance works of others. They use appropriate terms and language to describe dance.

In performing dance, technical, design and expressive skills are incorporated and developed. The opportunity to present dance to an audience enables students to understand and undertake a wide range of production and design concepts, skills and roles. Dance may draw on other art forms, such as music, art and electronic media to broaden students’ knowledge and interest in the Arts. Through participation in the Dance General course, students develop transferable skills essential to their future. These include communication skills, collaborative teamwork skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, problem solving skills, as well as the ability to organise, analyse and evaluate. Participation may lead to opportunities for future study in dance or related arts fields.  

Unit One – Exploring the Components of Dance

The elements of dance and processes of choreography are explored and students solve structured choreographic tasks to produce dance works for performance. They have first‐hand experience of dance‐making which actively engages them in exploration, improvisation, research, reflection and response. Technologies and design concepts are introduced to the planning stage of dance creation. A broad introduction to dance genres enables students to place dance in its time and place and then begin to understand its functions within this context.

Unit Two – Dance as Entertainment

Students explore the entertainment potential of dance and choreography. In practical lessons, they improve safe dance practices and their physical competencies while acquiring genre‐specific technique in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. They explore and experiment with the elements of dance and processes of choreography to solve choreographic tasks for performance. Students identify and select technologies and design concepts which enhance the entertainment value of the dance and place it in its social, historical and economic context.

Year 11 Assessment Type & Weighting:

  • Performance/Production (Practical) 70%
  • Response (Written) 30%

Prerequisites: C Grade or above in the completion of the Year 10 Dance course at Prendiville Catholic College or entry upon audition/interview with the Dance Coordinator.

Special exemptions apply to new students to Prendiville and individual cases. Please speak to Mrs Johnson for further information.

Course Requirements: Students are required to have a Prendiville Dance black leotard and black leggings.

Pathway: Year 12 Dance (General)

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