ASHS Coursebook: 1DAN (Level 1 Dance)

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Information icon.svg 1DAN
NCEA Level:
Primary Qualification:
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What is this course about?

We will use both theoretical and practical aspects to explore and interpret different dance forms, investigating through movement, the dance elements of body awareness, space, time, energy and relationships, using personal experiences and imagination to express ideas. We will choreograph and share movement through both formal and informal presentation in both solo and group works. We will contribute our own dance ideas through group work. We will get to participate in a variety of different dance related genres with the opportunity to experience lessons taught by leaders of those styles. Styles covered will include jazz, contemporary, hip hop, capoeira and reggaeton. There is a requirement to produce your own choreography throughout the year that is expected to be imaginative and original. We will be viewing live performance throughout the course from a range of different genres and styles. We will learn to speak the language of dance in preparation for the written academic exams at the end of the year which cover dance history and crictical analysis of a professional dance work.

What will I learn?

Students will:

Develop practical creativity and gain performance confidence
Explore both solo and group work
Explore a variety of choreographic devices and structures in making compositions
Develop performance skills including ensemble techniques
Investigate a variety of dance genre
View and analyse a variety of dance performances                                                                                                                                                                                             Develop the ability to respond and articulate opinions
Gain the maximum NCEA credits appropriate to a high and achievable standard

What sorts of things will I do?

You will practice performing, choreographing and dancing in a number of dance genres, in preparation for performance opportunities and assessments during the year. You will work on dance theory, viewing and analysing dance performances throughout the year in preparation for external exams, as well as making you a more confident knowledgeable, skilled and well rounded dancer.

  • Key Dates and Milestones will be set at the beginning of the school year
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Key Dates / Milestones- 2018

AS90002 Version 6 

Internal    Credits 6    Literacy N   Numeracy N

1.2 Perform dance sequences

"Party" hip hop due week 5

23 Feb

"Tranky doo" due week 8

19 March

"Poi'e" due week 11

9 April


No Reassessments available

Must perform at least twice in front of an audience

Key Dates / Milestones- 2018

AS90859  Version 3

Internal    Credits 4    Literacy N    Numeracy N

1.3 Demonstrate ensemble skills in a dance

'Sail' Contemporary

Due date week 5 - 28 May 2018

No Reassessments available

Must perform at least twice in front of an audience

AS90858 Version 3- Choreography 1

Internal   Credits 6    Literacy N   Numeracy N

1.1 Compose dance sequences for given briefs

Choreography 1 

Duet "Back of the chair" 

Due date week 10 - 2 July 2018  

NB students must achieve in both choreography tasks in term 2 and term 3 to gain the 6 credits

No Reassessments available

Key Dates/Milestones- 2018

AS90858 Version 3 Choreography 2

Internal    Credits 6   Literacy N    Numeracy N

1.1 Compose dance sequences for given briefs

Choreography 2 Capoeira

Due date week 5 - 20 August 2018

No Reassessments available

Open evening performances

Date TBA

AS90005 Version 6

External    Credits 4  

Literacy 4    Numeracy N

1.6 Demonstrate knowledge of a dance genre or style

Exam study preparation revision

Prelim exam to be announced


Term 3 week 7 or 8

1.6 Demonstrate knowledge of a dance genre or style

Exam study preparation revision

NCEA exam to be announced

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
1 90858
Compose dance sequences for given briefs
1 90002 Perform dance sequences

1 90859
Demonstrate ensemble skills in a dance 3

1 90005
Demonstrate knowledge of a dance genre or style 6



Total available credits:

Please check the actual date of the assessment on the ASHS Assessment Calendar

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