Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5)
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Dance has existed as a vital part of every known culture throughout time. It is a distinct form of nonverbal communication that uses the body as an instrument of expression, articulating the culture and society from which it emerges. Dance exists today in many forms and is performed for a variety of purposes in differing contexts.
The study of dance as an artform that centres on the three practices of performance, composition and appreciation if dance works of art. Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding. Students learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances and analyze dance works of art. They think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas through movement.
The integration of the three practices of performance, composition and appreciation is a key feature of the syllabus. These practices are interrelated and equally important.
Dance is accessible to all students and encourages the physical, creative and intellectual development of each student. It encourages the creative and confident use of technologies, including traditional emerging applications in information and communication technologies (ICT). It caters for with a high level of prior knowledge, skills and experience in dance as well as those without prior knowledge and experience.
Stage 5 Dance students have the opportunity develop their skills in various facets of dance and participate in multiple performance opportunities including: Western Region Dance Festival, Western Region Dance Camp, Eisteddfods, Community performances, school spectacular and annual Kelso High Campus CAPA concerts.
Kelso High dancers also the opportunity to attend many dance excursions including; Western Region Dance Camp, Callback, Musical theatre shows in Sydney, Live performances at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment centre and workshops working internationally recognised artists and dance companies including Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.
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