DANCE 101G Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

DANCE 101G | ARTS, BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC* | Summer School, Semester One & Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points

*Bachelor of Dance Studies students cannot take this General Education course.


This course aims to develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts processes.

You will experience both theoretical and practical classes, which focus on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, play, communication and choreography. We will explore somatic theory and practice, improvisation scores, choreography, dance analysis, and contact improvisation. We will also explore the relationships between dance and other artistic disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Confidently enter a dance studio and find a starting point for experimenting with and developing movement ideas
  • Use somatic, improvisation, and choreographic dance practices to develop ideas that grow from perception of your own moving bodies and experiences
  • Understand a diverse range of artistic practices, and confidently articulate ideas around these practices through mediums that reflect the nature of the work and thinking involved
  • Access further information from the literature and appropriate industry networks

Topics Covered

  • What is dance?
  • Somatics
  • Improvisation
  • Choreography
  • Contact improvisation
  • Linking dance with other disciplines

Student Feedback

'It was always the highlight of my week.'

'It was always a very positive and uplifting environment.'

'Overall it was a fun experience and I became more confident.'

'I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I built up confidence in myself and all aspects of learning.'

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