ASHS Coursebook: 3DAN (Level 3 Dance)

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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 get to participate in a variety of different dance genres with the opportunity to experience lessons taught by leaders of those styles and with a particular focus on contemporary dance technique. There is a requirement to produce a major piece of your own choreography during the year that will focus on a current issue. We will be viewing live performances throughout the course from a range of different genres and styles. You will undertake research in New Zealand dance development and will learn to speak the language of dance in preparation for one written academic exam at the end of the year which covers critical analysis of a professional dance work.

What will I learn?

Students will:

Further extend practical and theoretical knowledge of dance
Extend and refine performance skills in a range of genres and styles
Extend dance choreography skills using advanced structures and devices
Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas
Further develop critical analysis skills of important dance works
Further develop ensemble dance skills and awareness                                                                                                                                                                                           Gain NCEA credits at a high and achievable standard

What sorts of things will I do?

You will practice performing, choreographing and dancing in a variety of dance genres, in preparation for performance opportunities and assessments during the year. You will work on dance theory, critically viewing and analysing dance performances throughout the year in preparation for external exams. You will work on your choreography, teaching and design skills in preparation for producing your own dance work for an invited audience.

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

AS91590  Version 2

Internal    Credits 4     Literacy N    Numeracy N


3.3 Perform a solo or duet

Social Media

Due date week 5 - 27 Feb 2018

AS91592  Version 2

Internal    Credits 6     Literacy N    Numeracy N


3.5 Perform a repertoire of contrasting dances

Contrasting dance:

Korean fan dance

Due Date week 8 - 19 March 2018

3.5 Perform a repertoire of dance contd...

Contemporary Sasa Atule

Due date week 11 - 9 April

Key Dates / Milestones- 2018

AS91589 Version 2

Internal    Credits 4    Literacy N    Numeracy N UE

3.2 Choreography a dance to develop and resolve ideas

Due date week 6 - 4 June

3.5 Perform a repertoire of dance contd...

Contemporary "Brouhaha"

Due date week 10 - 2 July

Key Dates / Milestones- 2018

AS91591 Version 2

Internal    Credits 4    Literacy N    Numeracy N


3.4 Perform a group dance

Hip hop or student led

Due Date  week 5 - 20 August


AS91594  Version 2

External    Credits 4     Literacy 4   Numeracy N UE

3.7 Analyse a dance performance


Prelim exam to be announced


Term 3 week 7 or 8

Key Dates / Milestones- 2018

3.7 Analyse a dance performance

Milagros Javier De Frutos

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:
3 91592
Perform a repertoire of contrasting dances
3 91589
Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas
2 4 Internal
3 91590
Perform a solo or duet dance
2 4 Internal
3 91591
Perform a group dance
2 4
3 91594 (W)
Analyse a dance performance 2
4 External

Total available credits: 22

The code letters under Assessment have the following meanings:

  • N - L1 and UE numeracy
  • L - L1 literacy
  • R - UE reading literacy                    
  • W - UE writing literacy

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

NB. University Entrance can be gained through any combination of 14 credits from this table.

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

Scholarship opportunities

NCEA Scholarship dance is likely to be available in NZ for the first time in 2011.  Details will appear when they become available.

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