Assessor Resource

CUADAN608
Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: December 2018


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform complex contemporary dance technique demonstrating range, depth, precision and artistry across contemporary dance repertoire at a professional level.

This unit applies to dancers who are moving towards professional careers in contexts where complex contemporary dance technique and versatility are required for performing as members of a professional dance company as an ensemble or soloist dancer.

At this level, dancers are constantly refining their technique and perfecting their artistry across complex dance sequences and repertoire, including improvisation, solo and group work.

While some supervision and guidance are provided in practice sessions and rehearsals, dancers are expected to display a high level of motivation and responsibility for themselves and others during practice sessions, rehearsals and live performances.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

Elements

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Execute a professional level of artistry and presentation in rehearsals

1.1 Observe safe dance practice by performing warm-up and warm-down activities in conjunction with dance activities

1.2 Apply a professional level of concentration and expertise to refine extended contemporary dance technique in each section of class work

1.3 Develop complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences of extended difficulty

1.4 Show strength, precision and complexity in all aspects of footwork

1.5 Exhibit professionalism and adaptability to incorporate unseen combinations with speed and verve

1.6 Refine techniques for working with a partner

1.7 Demonstrate through ongoing technical strength, diversity and refinement, evidence of advanced self-correction and concentrated response to feedback

2. Perform at a professional level

2.1 Undertake preparations appropriate to performance contexts

2.2 Ensure that personal presentation is appropriate to performance contexts

2.3 Apply performance psychology techniques to preparations

2.4 Perform repertoire demonstrating an understanding of nuances and characteristics of choreographic styles and reflecting choreographic intent

2.5 Convey through dance the range of emotions required to execute the dance pieces as intended

2.6 Follow direction from artistic director or choreographers as required

2.7 Contribute to debriefing sessions to evaluate the quality of performances and to discuss ways of improving individual or ensemble technique

3. Incorporate allied contemporary dance techniques into professional level performances

3.1 Demonstrate complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences based on improvisation, in complex duo sequences and in high velocity acrobatic moves

3.2 Identify when partner needs to leave a balance, or needs to be steadied, and be there to offer support in duo and dance tumbling

3.3 Adapt to a range of choreographic moments by engaging with differences and similarities of shape and dynamic quality

3.4 Apply the flexibility, sense of line and clear positions essential to the form

3.5 Engage with the style and intention of the relevant choreographic form through the application of skills and knowledge of allied contemporary dance techniques

4. Develop professional practice

4.1 Refine professional work ethic

4.2 In consultation with teachers and mentors, develop realistic parameters for extending scope of performance practice

4.3 Identify regimes and artistic strategies to refine own performance technique

4.4 Incorporate contemporary dance terminology and history into discussions, and practice and performance activities

Evidence of the ability to:

perform contemporary dance sequences before an audience in ways that demonstrate:

expressive skills in line with choreographic intent

ability to respond to complex changes in tempo, time signatures and musical phrasing

high level of dance improvisation skills

skills and speed in directional changes

high level of spatial awareness in group movements

harmony of movement when performing with a partner

develop professional practice

display a consistent level of commitment to developing performance quality and artistry in the given style

use contemporary dance terminology correctly.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

explain how the following principles relate to contemporary dance movements and techniques:

extending

folding

relationship with gravity

rotating

shifting weight

spatial awareness

successional movement

use of breath

explain how the following apply in the context of safe dance practice and injury prevention:

articulation of the spine

engagement of the feet

bases of support, including feet, legs, hands, arms and torso

range of motion of the joints

differentiation of the legs and pelvis

explain and demonstrate how the musical elements of time signatures, beat, tempo and syncopation apply to contemporary dance technique

demonstrate physical and conceptual understanding of the fundamental technical principles in contemporary dance

in relation to contemporary dance, demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of:

choreographic and stylistic nuances

genres, styles and philosophical nature

influential choreographers

the role of acting.

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

fully equipped dance studios

appropriate music or accompanists

live performance opportunities.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.


Submission Requirements

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Assessment task 1: [title]      Due date:

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Assessment Tasks

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Elements

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Execute a professional level of artistry and presentation in rehearsals

1.1 Observe safe dance practice by performing warm-up and warm-down activities in conjunction with dance activities

1.2 Apply a professional level of concentration and expertise to refine extended contemporary dance technique in each section of class work

1.3 Develop complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences of extended difficulty

1.4 Show strength, precision and complexity in all aspects of footwork

1.5 Exhibit professionalism and adaptability to incorporate unseen combinations with speed and verve

1.6 Refine techniques for working with a partner

1.7 Demonstrate through ongoing technical strength, diversity and refinement, evidence of advanced self-correction and concentrated response to feedback

2. Perform at a professional level

2.1 Undertake preparations appropriate to performance contexts

2.2 Ensure that personal presentation is appropriate to performance contexts

2.3 Apply performance psychology techniques to preparations

2.4 Perform repertoire demonstrating an understanding of nuances and characteristics of choreographic styles and reflecting choreographic intent

2.5 Convey through dance the range of emotions required to execute the dance pieces as intended

2.6 Follow direction from artistic director or choreographers as required

2.7 Contribute to debriefing sessions to evaluate the quality of performances and to discuss ways of improving individual or ensemble technique

3. Incorporate allied contemporary dance techniques into professional level performances

3.1 Demonstrate complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences based on improvisation, in complex duo sequences and in high velocity acrobatic moves

3.2 Identify when partner needs to leave a balance, or needs to be steadied, and be there to offer support in duo and dance tumbling

3.3 Adapt to a range of choreographic moments by engaging with differences and similarities of shape and dynamic quality

3.4 Apply the flexibility, sense of line and clear positions essential to the form

3.5 Engage with the style and intention of the relevant choreographic form through the application of skills and knowledge of allied contemporary dance techniques

4. Develop professional practice

4.1 Refine professional work ethic

4.2 In consultation with teachers and mentors, develop realistic parameters for extending scope of performance practice

4.3 Identify regimes and artistic strategies to refine own performance technique

4.4 Incorporate contemporary dance terminology and history into discussions, and practice and performance activities

Evidence of the ability to:

perform contemporary dance sequences before an audience in ways that demonstrate:

expressive skills in line with choreographic intent

ability to respond to complex changes in tempo, time signatures and musical phrasing

high level of dance improvisation skills

skills and speed in directional changes

high level of spatial awareness in group movements

harmony of movement when performing with a partner

develop professional practice

display a consistent level of commitment to developing performance quality and artistry in the given style

use contemporary dance terminology correctly.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

explain how the following principles relate to contemporary dance movements and techniques:

extending

folding

relationship with gravity

rotating

shifting weight

spatial awareness

successional movement

use of breath

explain how the following apply in the context of safe dance practice and injury prevention:

articulation of the spine

engagement of the feet

bases of support, including feet, legs, hands, arms and torso

range of motion of the joints

differentiation of the legs and pelvis

explain and demonstrate how the musical elements of time signatures, beat, tempo and syncopation apply to contemporary dance technique

demonstrate physical and conceptual understanding of the fundamental technical principles in contemporary dance

in relation to contemporary dance, demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of:

choreographic and stylistic nuances

genres, styles and philosophical nature

influential choreographers

the role of acting.

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

fully equipped dance studios

appropriate music or accompanists

live performance opportunities.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Observe safe dance practice by performing warm-up and warm-down activities in conjunction with dance activities 
Apply a professional level of concentration and expertise to refine extended contemporary dance technique in each section of class work 
Develop complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences of extended difficulty 
Show strength, precision and complexity in all aspects of footwork 
Exhibit professionalism and adaptability to incorporate unseen combinations with speed and verve 
Refine techniques for working with a partner 
Demonstrate through ongoing technical strength, diversity and refinement, evidence of advanced self-correction and concentrated response to feedback 
Undertake preparations appropriate to performance contexts 
Ensure that personal presentation is appropriate to performance contexts 
Apply performance psychology techniques to preparations 
Perform repertoire demonstrating an understanding of nuances and characteristics of choreographic styles and reflecting choreographic intent 
Convey through dance the range of emotions required to execute the dance pieces as intended 
Follow direction from artistic director or choreographers as required 
Contribute to debriefing sessions to evaluate the quality of performances and to discuss ways of improving individual or ensemble technique 
Demonstrate complex performance attributes and quality of movement in sequences based on improvisation, in complex duo sequences and in high velocity acrobatic moves 
Identify when partner needs to leave a balance, or needs to be steadied, and be there to offer support in duo and dance tumbling 
Adapt to a range of choreographic moments by engaging with differences and similarities of shape and dynamic quality 
Apply the flexibility, sense of line and clear positions essential to the form 
Engage with the style and intention of the relevant choreographic form through the application of skills and knowledge of allied contemporary dance techniques 
Refine professional work ethic 
In consultation with teachers and mentors, develop realistic parameters for extending scope of performance practice 
Identify regimes and artistic strategies to refine own performance technique 
Incorporate contemporary dance terminology and history into discussions, and practice and performance activities 

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