Middle School The Arts
Dance is a human activity of ancient tradition, and a fundamental and evolving form of expression. Experiences in Dance allow students to develop as increasingly collaborative or independent learners.
Dance is offered as an elective subject from Years 9 to 12, and all students in Year 8 complete a semester of Dance. When studied in Years 11 and 12, Dance is an Authority subject which is based on the approved QCAA syllabus. Results in Dance contribute to the calculation of a student’s OP and FP.
Across the different year levels Dance exposes students to a variety of dance genres, such as Ballet, Hip Hop, Funk, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and many more. Students also develop an awareness of dance in different contexts and for various functions, including for artistic, ritual and social purposes.
The study of Dance is enriched by experiences in Choreography, Performance and Appreciation. Some of the skills refined are self-confidence as a performer, use of improvisation as a tool for working in Dance, and the extension and consolidation of physical and technical capabilities.
Written skills used in the deconstruction of danceworks require skills in, research and analysis as well as learning to communicate coherently and insightfully about Dance.
Year 8 Dance
Students complete one semester of Dance in Year 8. The Unit: So You Think You Can Dance, is designed to give an introduction into what Dance at Fairholme College is like, with students engaging in all three assessment criterion.
Students will make and respond to dance independently and explore dance as an art form through choreography, performance and appreciation. They will develop an understanding of space, time, dynamics and relationships through performing in groups, spatial relationships and interaction to communicate meaning through choreographic intention.
In addition, students will extend their technical and expressive skills and increase their confidence, accuracy and clarity of movement and ability to explore meaning and interpretation through Dance.
Year 9 Dance
Students may elect to study Dance in Year 9. They will complete three different units across the four terms: Unit 1: Aussie Moves, Unit 2: Funk, Tap and all that Jazz and Unit 3: Dancing with Dorothy. Students will make and respond to dance independently and explore dance as an art form through choreography, performance and appreciation.
Throughout the units of study, students will continue to build on their awareness of the body and how it is used in various cultural dance style-specific movements, including the social / historical / cultural influences of Australian indigenous peoples and traditional Jazz and Tap styles, as well as the more contemporary movements such as Funk.
- Dance Collective: Open to all students Years 7 to 12.
- Dance Troupe: Audition based and open to students in Years 7 to 12 (conducted in alternate years to the biennial musical). Competes in various Eisteddfodau.
- Participation in both groups involve group rehearsals on a weekly basis and performances at various school events, including but not limited to: Spring Fair, Kaleidoscope Concert Series events, Dance Showcase, Open Day, musicals, and assemblies.
- All students interested in dance are encouraged to audition for the biennial musical co-production musical.
Based on the number of large scale Arts events during the year, these groups will run based on time allocation and availability of venue.