module specification

AV5F60 - Contemporary and Urban Dance Performance (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Contemporary and Urban Dance Performance
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 150
75 hours Guided independent study
75 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 100%   Presentation of Practical Work
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module builds on the acquisition of dance technique in relation to performance, and presentation of material. The focus through class and rehearsal will be on the development of performance skills, including musicality, focus, confidence, understanding of the intention of performance work and communication with other performers and audience.

Prior learning requirements

Contemporary and Urban Dance Forms Repertoire and Analysis.

Module aims

This module aims for the student to:
• Consolidate principles of technique and styles in Contemporary and Urban Dance Forms.
• Develop expressive and performance skills through self and guided discovery, improvisation and experimentation.
• Further develop the skills of self-analysis by evaluating progress and adjusting targets as goals are achieved.


Practical classes in each genre will develop the student’s technical and expressive skills, building on anatomical knowledge developed throughout the course. Focus will be on technical improvement and performance skills, with increasing complexity of material taught. Tutors and students will agree tasks for improvement and work towards the presentation of a dance work to be presented as part of the graduation performance. Classes will continue to facilitate independent rehearsals, which will encourage self-management. Students will reflect on their peers and own progress at key stages throughout the semester.

Learning and teaching

Practical classes and workshops will encourage the development of problem solving and creative solutions. Tutors will work with students to consolidate knowledge acquired throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will demonstrate the ability to:
• Demonstrate with clarity of intention, accuracy of detail and sensitivity to style in the genres of Contemporary and Urban Dance Forms within class and performance.
• Understand the dynamic phrasing of work and demonstrate musicality in performance. Perform with clarity of projection, focus and communicate with an audience.
• Work in a disciplined and independent way to rehearse and improve own and others work and facilitate progress.

Assessment strategy

Presentation of Practical work demonstrating further development of techniques and skills acquired during previous Contemporary and Urban dance form modules. Students will be involved in the choreographic development of a work that will be performed to a public audience. Throughout the module they will continually reflect on the development of the work and on their technical progress. Students will be assessed on expression, performance skills including focus and direction of gaze, confidence, understanding of the intention of performance work and communication with other performers and audience. Week 14 100%



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Franklin, Eric (1997) Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.

Preston-Dunlop, Valerie & Ana Sanchez-Colberg. (2002) Dance and the performative, a choreological perspective - Laban and beyond, London: Verve Publishing.