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Level 8 dance achievement objectives

The four arts strands work in combination. Together they provide the basis for a well-rounded programme. They weave through all aspects of learning in dance: choreography, performance, or perspectives.

Generally, the strands are not taught alone. When focusing on teaching achievement objectives from one strand, teachers will usually find they can incorporate objectives from another strand.

The strands are separated here as a way of helping teachers to unpack the language of the strands and the objectives at this level.

Indicators are examples of the behaviours and capabilities that a teacher might expect to observe in a student who is achieving at the appropriate level. Teachers may wish to add further examples of their own.

For any terminology used in the achievement objectives, or the indicators, check (and download) the Arts Online dance glossary.

Understanding dance in context (UC)

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • investigate, analyse, and discuss the features, history, issues, and development of dance in New Zealand, including the contribution of selected individuals and groups.

Indicators

  • Examines, discusses, shares, and interprets the many contributing factors that create the current Aotearoa/New Zealand dance scene/industry.
  • Researches milestones in the development of dance in Aotearoa/New Zealand and determines what influences have prompted changes and innovations over time.
  • Examines, shares, and interprets the social, cultural, environmental, and economic achievements and challenges that have influenced the development of dance in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Explores and discusses how the people (dancers, pioneers, choreographers) and groups (dance companies) have affected changes and developments to dance in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Developing practical knowledge in dance (PK)

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • extend and refine skills, practices, and use of technologies in a range of dance genres and styles.

Indicators

  • Uses their own knowledge and dance experience, informed by research, to advance technical skills in movement execution.
  • Selects appropriate expressive qualities and aspects of technology to contribute to a performance.
  • Develops and refines the individual body and technical co-ordination required to be a competent and skilful dancer, including: strength, alignment, posture, agility, flexibility, stamina, sense of balance, and rhythm.

Developing ideas in dance (DI)

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • develop a concept and produce original dance works, using appropriate production technologies to communicate choreographic intentions.

Indicators

  • Plans, creates, structures, and forms movements that respond, relate, and react to the chosen choreographic intention/idea.
  • Creates a dance work informed by their own experience and understanding that shows how choreography communicates particular ideas, for example, socially or culturally important ideas.
  • Choreographs and directs full dance works selecting dancers and using conceptual ideas to bring intentions and messages to life through movement.
  • Plans and prepares for the use of available production technologies such as lighting, sound/music accompaniment, costuming, props, set, etc, within the dance.

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • record and critically reflect on the development and resolution of dance ideas.

Indicators

  • Reviews and analyses choreographic choices to evaluate how they impact on the development and resolution of the dance work.
  • Using audio/visual technologies, records and analyses selected movement, issues arising, and outcomes of the choreographic process.
  • Reviews and deconstructs the choreographic ideas within a particular dance genre/style.

Communicating and interpreting in dance (CI)

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • select and apply rehearsal processes, performance skills, and production technologies to enhance the communication and expression of dance works.

Indicators

  • Practices and refines the specific movement skills needed to co-ordinate and perform dance works, with a focus on the intentions and stylistic requirements of the dance.
  • Prepares for performances of dances by selecting technologies to enhance expressive qualities of the selected dance works.
  • Performs solo, duet, and group dances, with competent and skilful attention to the technical demands and expressive qualities, which clearly demonstrate communication of the artistic intention of the work.
  • Performs a repertoire of dances (a series/collection of solo, duet, or group dances in a range of dance styles) with commitment to the differences required to perform each dance and communicate with an audience.

Achievement objective

Students will:

  • critically analyse, interpret, and evaluate the artistic features and the communication of ideas in a range of dance works.

Indicators

  • Views, reflects on, and makes judgments about their own or others’ recorded and live dance performances.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of key features of dance performances, including: choreographic features, performance, contexts, production technologies, and intentions/ideas communicated in the dance
  • Investigates, describes, interprets, compares, and contrasts key physical and interpretive aspects of their own and others’ recorded and live dance performances.

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards are in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 in 2012. Level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resource pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

Learn more:

Not all learning in dance needs to be assessed. There is value in dance creation and the exploration of genre and style that may not be assessed but could be a valuable step towards more complex work in the following year of study.

Level 3 achievement standards

  • 91588 Dance 3.1 Produce a dance to realise a concept (dance choreography); Internal, 8 credits
  • 91589 Dance 3.2 Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas (dance choreography); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91590 Dance 3.3 Perform a solo or duet dance (dance performance); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91591 Dance 3.4 Perform a group dance (dance performance); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91592 Dance 3.5 Perform a repertoire of contrasting dances (dance performance); Internal, 6 credits
  • 91593 Dance 3.6 Demonstrate understanding of dance performance practices (dance perspectives); Internal, 4 credits
  • 91594 Dance 3.7 Analyse a dance performance (dance perspectives); External, 4 credits
  • 91595 Dance 3.8 Demonstrate understanding of the development of dance in Aotearoa/New Zealand (dance perspectives); External, 4 credits

Last updated May 28, 2018



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