Module code: DAN1018

Module Overview

This module will introduce students to a foundational framework and system for the understanding of health and wellbeing for the dancer. The module draws on both pedagogical and therapeutical frameworks and introduces students to a broad range of somatic practices, aspects of dance science, as well as the application of movement analysis in health and wellbeing contexts.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

RYAN Rosemarie (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W500

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

DAN1008 Movement Analysis I: Experiential Anatomy

Module content

The module expands on key somatic principles and understandings of human movement in the context of health and
wellbeing. Students are introduced to different creative and pedagogic as well as therapeutic applications of movement
analysis to facilitate dance learning in diverse contexts. Key aspects of this module address safe dance practice, anatomy,
and nutrition as well as inclusive dance practice, expressive movement therapy and wellbeing. Movement sessions will
draw from a diverse range of practices such as Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais ATM, alignment
and release techniques including Kline, Skinner, and others.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO 50

Alternative Assessment

Portfolio (equivalent 1500 words)

Assessment Strategy

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

  • embodied knowledge of the subject area integrating theoretical and practical aspects of movement analysis in line with the overall integrated programme structure and outline

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Portfolio (Practical Assessment & Study Tasks) (50%): Students will be given practical tasks in class and as preparation for following sessions. Completion of all tasks will account for 10% of their overall mark. Students will produce a piece of practical work, which will account for 40% of their mark.

  • Essay (1500 words) (50%): The written assessment is designed to provide students with the opportunity to show evidence of a theoretical understanding of the module’s core themes. Students will show evidence of how they have gained specialised terminology and how they have refined their analytical skills.

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 8 & 12-14

Formative Feedback

Students receive formative feedback on their weekly study tasks (SurreyLearn) to prepare them for their two summative assessments in weeks 8 and 12-14.

Module aims

  • To refine students’ observation skills and their analytical eye through the use of specialised pedagogic tools and
    therapeutic techniques.
  • To develop movement analytical skills, which are transferable to a number of other fields of practical and theoretical study
  • To provide students with key vocabulary and terminology so as to improve how they articulate movement both at an
    embodied and theoretical level.
  • To provide students with integrative knowledge of human movement drawing from diverse movement practices in the
    context of health, somatics and wellbeing.
  • To show demonstrable understanding of the practice and embodied knowledge of human movement in diverse
    performance contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Analyse a unit of movement confidently and articulately, by making use of one or more established approaches. CP
002 Demonstrate an embodied and practice-based knowledge of movement analysis. KC
003 Show evidence of analytical skills in the context of theoretical work, both through oral and written means. KCT
004 Demonstrate application in pedagogic and dance therapeutic contexts. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Study Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 44

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • achieve an integration of practical and theoretical understandings of human movement analysis in the context of dance pedagogy and movement therapy

Through an integrative approach, students will learn how to develop an analytical eye, and how to use specialised tools and techniques, as basic methods for the analytical understanding of human embodied movement in health and wellbeing contexts.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Practical sessions (practical workshop) (1x11 weeks)

  • Lectures (contextual studies) (1x11 weeks)

  • Studio work

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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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 2020/1 academic year.