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Dance 2.2 Choreograph a Solo Dance

Number AS90294, Version 2
"It's About Balance"

Student Brief

You are to compose a 1-minute solo sequence in an ABCA structure, based upon work completed during the 'Respect for Yourself' dance unit.
Your sequence will show a contrast from balance to off-balance and back to balance, which will represent times when you are calm and in control of your emotions, times when you are not and the regaining of that balance.

Section A: A short sequence, including a balance and a movement phrase or gesture, to represent yourself when you are calm and in control of your emotions. This is a motif.
Section B: Use the dance devices of augmentation and insertion to develop the motif from Section A to represent a change of emotions. You must move from balance to off-balance, a moment of suspension and include movement along a pathway that clearly communicates the new emotion.
Section C: Use the dance devices of embellishment and insertion to develop the motif from Section A to represent a method you could use to control your new emotional state, such as a diversion or tactic. Include movement that clearly communicates the idea of the diversion or tactic and shows a regaining of balance.
Section A: A repeat of the opening of the sequence, finishing in a balance.

Your sequence must:

  • Be at least 1 minute long
  • Be in an ABCA structure
  • Use the dance devices of augmentation, insertion and embellishment to develop a motif
  • Travel along a clear pathway using movements related to an emotion
  • Include a movement phrase to represent a diversion or tactic to employ when controlling your emotions.
  • Use balanced and off-balance movements
  • Begin and end in a controlled and imaginative balance

You must also complete the Choreographic Intent worksheet. This must be handed to your teacher prior to your assessment.

Vocabulary

Motif
A repeated gesture or phrase that is developed in a variety of ways and is like a signature to a dance
Augmentation
A dance device where a motif is developed by making the movements larger in space or time
Embellishment
A dance device where a motif is developed by adding detail to a move, such as a hand gesture or an arm movement
Insertion
A dance device where a motif is developed by including new movement material into the motif (e.g. a roll)
Diversion/tactic
A activity to use to control your emotions, such as going for a walk, calling a friend, relaxation exercises or reading a book
Suspension
Moments in time where you are off-balance before gaining balance, such as the top of a roller coaster, before it travels down the track

The assessment will be on ______________ in Room _________
Your sequence will be videoed to confirm assessment judgements.

The music will be ____________ or you may perform in silence.

You must wear clothing that is suitable for dance.
You may choose a costume or clothing appropriate for your idea if you wish.

Assessment Schedule: Dance 2.2 AS90294 'It's About Balance'

Evidence towards Judgement
Evidence Achievement Merit Excellence
The student presents an original composed movement sequence, which is appropriate to the brief and is at least one minute long.
It is based on the idea of emotions and uses a motif that is developed in two ways
The composition is in an ABCA structure and communicates the idea of the controlling of emotions.

The sequence has a movement motif and is developed using augmentation, insertion and embellishment.

The sequence shows appropriate use of:

  • A clear floor pathway using movements related to an emotion
  • A movement phrase that represents a diversion or tactic
  • Balance, suspension and off-balance movements
  • Beginning and ending in a controlled balance

The ABCA composition is interesting, and clearly communicates the idea of the controlling of emotions.

The movement motif is developed effectively using augmentation, insertion and embellishment.

The sequence shows deliberate and effective use of:

  • A clear floor pathway using movements related to an emotion
  • A movement phrase that represents a diversion or tactic
  • Balance, suspension and off-balance movements
  • Beginning and ending in a controlled and interesting balance

The ABCA composition is imaginative, and clearly and perceptively communicates the idea of controlling emotions.

The movement motif is developed inventively using augmentation, insertion and embellishment.

The sequence shows skilful and perceptive use of:

  • A clear floor pathway using movements related to an emotion
  • A movement phrase that represents a diversion or tactic
  • Balance, suspension and off-balance movements
  • Beginning and ending in a controlled and imaginative balance

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