Module code: DAN3031

Module Overview

This module enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance practices in their independent performance project. The module focuses on enhancing their self-reflective skills and understanding of contemporary dance practices and provides students with the opportunity to independently apply and discuss learnt approaches in a professional performance context to develop an advanced contemporary dance practice that incorporates an embodied understanding of somatic principles. Continued participation in classes and workshops supports students’ learning and integration of theory and practice throughout.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W543

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All previous Contemporary Dance Practice modules (DAN1011, 1012, 2028, 2029, 3030) and relevant modules in relation to project choice i.e. Dance Facilitation, Digital Arts/Film and Choreography.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • A developing sophistication in embodying an understanding of alignment and placement within dance movement.

  • A developing sophistication towards understanding of stylistic qualities embedded within specific dance genres and artist signatures.

  • Consistent application of Contemporary dance and somatic principles in relation to alignment, breath, weight and posture and embodiment and perceptual awareness.

  • Ability to work in a highly developed independent way underpinned by exposure to a range of somatic methodologies.

  • A detailed awareness and sophisticated sensitivity in relationship to music, rhythmic, phrasing, relationship to space and structural process and performance elements.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • An assured knowledgeable embodied and cognitive understanding of principles taught within the practice and demonstrate an ability to reflect on this critically.

  • An assured physical understanding of Contemporary dance practices and strategies for developing and deepening understanding through reflective practices.

  • Knowledge through feedback strategies, Continuous participation in workshops, classes and rehearsals and through engagement with reflective discussion forums accessed via the University’s VLE (Surrey Learn).

  • Evidence application of reflective learning towards student’s own progress and development

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Continuous assessment (50%): based on participation in class sessions, and demonstration of progress in the development of physical and performance skills. This is evidenced through midway tutorials on progress as well as contribution to VLE discussion forums (contribution to discussion forums can be evidence through provision of statistics in SurreyLearn) (Weeks 1-11)

  • Performance Presentation (50%): students will receive an individual mark and feedback on their critically reflection critiquing their independent creative performance project.

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 1-11; 13-14

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive feedback on their reflective process mid-way through to prepare for their final summative assessment.

Module aims

  • • Develop an assured conceptual and embodied understanding of Contemporary dance approaches and movement styles
  • • Develop an assured understanding of dance and movement principles such as: Alignment, placement, posture, expression, breath and weight, spatial awareness, musicality and a detailed awareness and sensitivity to movement material style and form.
  • • Develop strategies for the application of principles and approaches learnt within an independently led creative choreographic process to own reflective abilities and development of independent dance practice.
  • • To develop a knowledgeable and assured understanding of strategies for synthesizing and fusing dance styles from a range of contemporary dance genres.
  • • Develop consistent effective strategies to engage with feedback, self-reflexive learning and appropriately and understand this in a reflective context.
  • • Develop an ability to critically reflect on own developing contemporary dance practice and relate this to the wider field of professional practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an assured, embodied and intellectual and performance oriented understanding of Contemporary dance approaches and a range of different movement styles and practices as well as a coherent understanding of alignment, placement, posture, breath and weight, expression, spatial awareness and musicality through the application of key Somatic approaches. (C/S/P) CP
002 Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to contribute work in a group as part of a team and respond to and engage with feedback in a variety of formats such as peer, tutor led, as well as through VLE forums (Surrey Learn) CT
003 A confident and assured ability to plan and time-manage effectively preparing work schedules in relation to ongoing progess and meeting assessment deadlines as well as to prepare, revise and rehearse presentation and assessment material. PT
004 Demonstrate sophistication and independence in relation to an advanced critical knowledge of contemporary dance practices and the creative industries. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 73

Lecture Hours: 66

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • allow students to critically reflect on their independent project building on skills learnt throughout the programme (Level 4-6)

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Contemporary dance practice classes, somatic sessions, presentation sessions (4 x 1.4hrs pw plus 1 somatic session 11 weeks)

  • Independent study and group rehearsal sessions.

  • Engagment with peer feedback through University VLE (Surrey Learn) and class discussion forums

  • Viewing professional work and engaging with professional forums to inform own embodied, artistic and creative development.

  • Tutorials

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) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% 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.