Module code: DAN2036

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the basic theories and
practices of somatic body work - drawing from an
established cannon of movement practitioners in modern
and contemporary dance which has applications across
dance, dance therapy, physical therapy, acting and
industrial labour. Students on the course gain theoretical
knowledge of the history of embodiment practices and the
varied developments and applications of movement analysis in performance and therapy. Students develop
applied practical knowledge of a specific set of
embodiment practices. Deepening the work developed in
strands one to three, specific movement techniques are
interrogated and developed in the context of more
advanced understanding of the relevant theories of
embodiment underpinning the work.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

HANN Rachel (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W500

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

DAN1008, DAN1015

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Historical and contextual study of various modes of somatic practice including LMA, Body Mind Centering, Alexander, Bartenieff, Feldenkrais, Don Hanlon-Johnson, Thomas Hanna, Sondra Fraleigh, Anna Halprin and other somatic theorists/practitioners Practical introduction to specific somatic methods Elementary bodywork techniques in specific context of applied somatic practice Ethics, communication and emotional responses of human movement to environment, imagination and society Introduction to established applications of somatic practice towards performance and wellbeing outcomes for the movement therapy sector

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Portfolio (equivalent 3000 words).

Assessment Strategy

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

embodied knowledge of the subject presenting practical tasks in class and as preparation for the sessions to evidence their knowledge and understanding of specialised terminology, historical context and practical application and how they have refined their analytical skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practical Assessment (50%): practical demonstration of integrated understanding of theory and practice of a particular aspect of human movement as it relates to somatic body work, human expression of emotion and/or well-being and health (week 10) Written Assessment: Essay (2000 words) (50%): critical reflection on somatic movement analysis and theories of embodiment encountered on the course (week 12-14)

Assessment Deadlines: Week 10 & 12-14.

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment and oral feedback are provided inclass throughout the module to prepare the two summative assessments in week 10 and 12-14.

Module aims

  • To deepen students understanding of human movement
    and embodiment, and its related socio-cultural theories.
  • To enhance previous learning in somatics, movement
    analysis and performance studies introducing an advanced
    theoretical framework for analysis.
  • To provide a context for the use of somatic practice and
    applied analysis of movement across dance and
    performance studies, movement therapy and wellbeing.
  • To develop intermediate level skills in applied somatic

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a specific set of somatic tools and techniques for movement KPT
002 Analyse movement patterns as somatic functions expressive of human emotion with specific and direct modes of application for both performance practice and wellbeing KCPT
003 Contextualise somatic knowledge across historical and applied perspectives KC
004 Critically reflect on knowledge systems of the body and related theories of embodiment in written, verbal and applied formats. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

achieve an integration of practical and theoretical understandings of somatic practice, connecting this across the curriculum to movement analysis, choreography, pedagogy and wellbeing. In application of a set of somatic tools students gain a basic level of proficiency as somatic practitioners with the option to study at advanced level upon successful completion of the module.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Practical workshop sessions (1x11 weeks)

Lectures (contextual and historical studies) (1x11 weeks)

Class discussion


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.

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Other information


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.