|The course runs for the full year with four periods taught per week. The course includes two NZQA achievement standards for NCEA Level 1
|Achievement Standard Number
|Internal / External
|Title and learning contexts
Achievement Standard 90858 Dance 1.1
|Internal – 6 credits
|Compose dance sequences for given briefs
| Students will create original movement sequences in pairs and groups of three. These sequences will be based on given briefs that
explore a range of elements and choreographic devices.
Three separate briefs will be developed. The best two of the three will be assessed against the criteria for achievement at L1 NCEA.
The unit of work is from NZQA approved resource on TKI is entitled, Get A Move On.
This unit will be spread over three terms with assessments held in Terms 1, 2, and 3. The curriculum links to the Developing Ideas
and Practical Knowledge strands. Students may work individually or pairs and groups for each brief.
|Achievement Standard 90002 Dance 1.2
|Internal – 6 credits
|Perform dance sequences
| Students will perform up to three separate dances. These will be derived from the paired explorations of genre through the dance
research unit. The best dances developed in the genre research will be further refined, taught to the whole class and performances
will be assessed against the NCEA Level 1 achievement standard.
|Learning activities and skills developed
| Students will explore the movement vocabulary and style associated with a particular
dance genre. This will be tailored to the specific interests and needs of the class. They
will explore the selected dance style and identify key elements associated with the
genre or particular dance.
This will require specific research which involves viewing a variety of dances within the
specified form. Examples of styles or genre might include; folk, social, ethnic or cultural
dance, line dance, hip hop and contemporary styles, ballet, jazz, lyrical. This is primarily
a research unit. Students will present their findings in a power-point format and will
include links to YouTube clips. The performance element will involve students
choreographing and teaching a short sequence from their chosen style to the class. This
unit will be undertaken in pairs or small groups.
| 2. In the Audience Interpret,
reflect and respond to live dance
| At least one or more live performance viewing opportunities will be offered in the form of
either a theatre outing, or a visiting show to the school. Once arrangements are made for
students to attend, permission slips will be sent home well in advance, advising the cost
involved to cover admission and transport. This unit will require students to develop their
critical thinking skills and the use of specific dance terminology to describe, explain and
discuss various aspects of live dance performance.
Each year the class goes to Choreofest at Unitec in Term 4. This is a performance
showcase of second and third year Unitec students’ original dance works.
Theatre Dance First Moves
| A Dance-Drama Unit developed for Level 1, entitled First Moves, based on various
creation myths, is an extension option for the class if they prove to be a particularly
capable group. This will provide an overlap with Drama studies and further equip students
wishing to progress to Level 1 Drama. This may be combined with theatre technologies
that involve constructing an item integral to a particular dance/theatre-form. Students
have enjoyed mask-making and this is an appropriate element to include in dance-drama