Learning Area: The Arts

Subject Description

Students continue the exploration of using movement to create meaning in their two group compositional tasks throughout the semester. They are required to learn, rehearse and perform a Learnt Dance Work that the teacher choreographs. In this task the students need to demonstrate their level of technical skills and performance skills. Students explore their chosen dance style and expressive intention through their composition, rehearsal and performance of a Solo. Students revisit anatomy from the previous year and continue to demonstrate their understanding of safe dance practice in their Warm UP assessment. They continue to learn dance terminology throughout theoretical lessons. All theoretical work is recorded into their workbook. Students are also introduced to analysis of dance works and the skills required. 

Areas of Study

  • Warm-ups; stretching and floor-work techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Stage craft design e.g. lighting, sets
  • Choreography (dance composition)
  • Make-up design
  • Physical movement and technique
  • Analysing and critiquing peer and public pieces
  • Presentation to an audience

VELS Dimension

Creating and making

This dimension focuses on ideas, skills, techniques, processes, performances and presentations. Creating and making arts works involves imagination and experimentation; planning; the application of arts elements, principles and/or conventions; skills, techniques and processes; media, materials, equipment and technologies; reflection; and refinement. Individually and collaboratively, students explore their own works and works by other artists working in different historic and cultural contexts.

Exploring and responding

This dimension focuses on context, interpreting and responding, criticism and aesthetics. It involves students analysing and developing understanding about their own and other people’s work and expressing personal and informed judgments of arts works. Involvement in evaluating meaning, ideas and/or content in finished products is integral to engagement in the Arts.


Semester Examination