Module code: DAN1008

Module Overview

This module is the first in a strand of learning designed to develop critical skills in movement analysis. We begin with the body, our own resource for embodied cognition. Through experiential anatomy and somatic attention we build awareness of our body, its parts and systems. Through awareness we develop a healthy cognitive map of our own functioning and movement. Movement material is then generated from the various body parts and their interaction. Articulating which parts and systems of the body form the impetus for our movement, we follow it through into danceable phrase material. Connecting our movement to research in body mechanics, experiential self knowledge, and dancing with awareness, a final analysis is made of the self as it dances.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

HANN Rachel (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W520

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to the principles of anatomy and Laban Analysis

  • Introduction to selected somatic practices such as Body Mind Centering, Pilates and Tai Chi - and their application to dance practice and performance studies

  • Application of Laban Analysis, anatomy and somatic practices

  • Investigation of themes such as: alignment, posture and awareness of the performing body

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT 40

Alternative Assessment

Practical Assessment:  Essay (1500 words) based on topic of embodied body practice

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

·         embodied knowledge of subject matter

·         cognitive understanding of subject mater

·         integrate practice and theory of movement analysis

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Practical Assessment (40%):

          Assessment will take the form of a short movement sequence related to a contemporary dance form, Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, or tutor designed movement studies (Week 8)

·         Reflective Movement Journal (60%)

          Written assignment to document and critically reflect on the application of theory and practice (3000 words). Students will undertake a movement analysis demonstrating their ability to apply principles of anatomy and/or Laban Analysis to movement/dance practice. This assessment will take as its source the movement sequence developed in the previous practical assessment (Week 12)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 8 & 12.

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Individual tutorials midway through the semester will provide verbal feedback

·         Midpoint tutorials will reflect on progress thus far and also address forthcoming summative assessment

Module aims

  • To introduce key principles of anatomy through theoretical and experiential approaches
  • To introduce key principles of Laban Analysis within a somatic framework towards development of body awareness and understanding of structures and functions of the body
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship between dance training and body awareness and somatics
  • To establish a relationship between methods of movement analysis including anatomical, somatic based and Laban Movement Analysis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a cognitive and embodied map of one's own body as creative resource   CPT
002 Create a phrase of movement material based on subjective knowledge KPT
003 Analyse oneself in movement through somatic methods KCP
004 Communicate embodied knowledge in physical, oral, and written formats KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

·         achieve an integration of practical and theoretical understandings of experiential anatomy, Laban Analysis, and somatic practices.

Through an integrative approach, students will learn how to analyse and articulate movement in anatomical and Laban terminologies, apply the principles of anatomy, Laban Analysis, and somatics to the development of body awareness and to relevant programme modules including performance studies.

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lecture/Seminar (1x11 weeks)

·         Laboratory (1x11 weeks)

·         SurreyLearn 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.