Module code: DAN1022

Module Overview

This is a course of directed reading, video/dvd-based dance analysis, written assignments, and weekly discussions. Students will be challenged to research the interrelationship between dance practice, avant-garde aesthetics and cultural theories to investigate the interrelationship between dance, theatre performance and choreography. Through readings that focus on disciplines as varied as feminism, phenomenology, gender and dance analysis the module addresses the following recurring themes from both historical and contemporary perspectives: dance, culture, and society; politics and performance practice; theory and aesthetics; media and technology; space, choreography, and architecture.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W500

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Dance and Embodiment: An Introduction

  • Dance Analysis

  • American Modern and Postmodern Dance

  • Expressionism and Dance Theatre

  • Dance History, Documentation and the Archive

  • Critical Race Studies: Dance and Cultural Diversity

  • Dance and Disability: StopGap, Candoco

  • Site-Specific Dance and Performance Art

  • Dance and Media: Digital Technologies and Screen Dance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Group Presentation 50
Coursework Creative Portfolio (including 1500 word critical reflection) 50

Alternative Assessment

Group Presentation – 1500 word essay N/A for Creative Portfolio

Assessment Strategy

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

  • An understanding of key theoretical concepts encountered in lectures, weekly reading assignments and seminar discussions

  • Working independently towards their group presentations

  • Research, writing and E-learning skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Presentation (50%): Outline Creative Portfolio (Research)

  • Creative Portfolio (50%): Dance Analysis of/on a chosen choreographer’s work including 1500 words critical reflection

Formative assessment and feedback

Further formative Assessment is provided in verbal feedback during seminar discussions and via SurreyLearn. Small writing tasks and weekly study questions also feedback on student progress throughout.

Module aims

  • facilitate the reading and understanding of key critical texts and theoretical concepts for dance analysis in comparison to changing perspectives on dance and society
  • consider dance and its relationship to other art forms such as theatre, film and digital arts
  • embed e-learning, research skills and contextual studies of dance and the creative industries

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Display critical understanding of the relevance of dance practice to the discursive formation of social and cultural debates past and present KC
002 Organize and present informed arguments reflecting research and critical thought in the subject area of the course KCPT
003 Demonstrate critical awareness of current political debates on corporeality, identity and embodiment as they relate to aesthetic discourse KC
004 Co-operate as part of a group in presenting an argument in the analysis of course material KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 250

Seminar Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 25

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • underline the contextual research and critical analysis strand of the programme strengthening students’ skills towards independent scholarship and research, but also informing their dance pedagogy, choreography and arts management skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Seminars 

  •  Web-based discussion forum (VLE)

  • E-Learning (VLE)

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


Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

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.