Refine contemporary dance technique

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUADAN505, 'Refine contemporary dance technique'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

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

1. Maintain a physical conditioning program

1.1 In consultation with teachers and mentors, set realistic physical conditioning goals aimed at improving own dance technique

1.2 Use a range of techniques to improve stamina, strength and flexibility

1.3 Identify risk factors that may inhibit the achievement of goals and seek professional advice as required

1.4 Take fatigue and personal limitations into account when undertaking physical conditioning program

1.5 Perform warm-up and warm-down activities in conjunction with dance activities

2. Practise contemporary dance technique of increasing difficulty

2.1 Apply a high level of concentration and expertise to increasingly difficult contemporary dance technique in each section of class work

2.2 Develop increasingly complex performance attributes

2.3 Apply principles of alignment with power, flexibility, coordination and cardiovascular endurance throughout classes

2.4 Show developed strength and complexity in footwork

2.5 Apply timing and weight centring when working with a partner

3. Develop physical learning and adaptability skills

3.1 Perform new and complex movement sequences that demand different spatial orientations and changes in speed

3.2 Incorporate choreographic skills into relevant sections of class work

3.3 Take account of individual attributes and expectations of the profession when reviewing personal goals

3.4 Refine improvisation skills in response to various stimuli through an ever-expanding movement vocabulary

4. Execute highly difficult sequences

4.1 Practise repertoire with increased attention to rhythms and time signatures commonly used in contemporary dance

4.2 Execute group work demonstrating strong cohesion

4.3 Execute extended sequences to right and left sides without prompting

4.4 Incorporate unseen combinations with speed and verve

4.5 Perform with a clear sense of personal style while demonstrating the stylistic differences in a range of contemporary styles and approaches

4.6 Accomplish solo work with developing musical individuality

4.7 Present sequences with a high level of stage presence and confidence across contemporary dance styles

5. Maintain expertise in contemporary dance technique

5.1 Apply professional work ethic to practice and performance activities

5.2 Incorporate injury-prevention techniques into dance and movement activities

5.3 Use feedback from others to identify and develop ways to improve own contemporary dance technique and group work

5.4 Regularly view performances by industry practitioners as a way of sourcing new ideas, identifying trends, maintaining motivation, and improving own technique

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