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Year 11 & 12 ATAR Dance

For students in Years 11 and 12 the course choices they make should reflect the requirements of their preferred post-school destination.

The Dance ATAR course acknowledges the interrelationship between practical and theoretical aspects of dance – the making and performing of movement and the appreciation of its meaning. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to create unique dance works. They investigate how technologies are used to extend and enhance dance design. They also learn how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. Through dance, students experience an intrinsic sense of enjoyment and have an opportunity to achieve a high level of movement skills.” School Curriculum Standard Authority

As students from Charlesworth Ballet are enrolled in our full-time Certificate courses, we see ATAR Dance as an added pathway to extend students’ knowledge of Dance. ATAR Dance will also help students who may wish to continue with further studies, specifically, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

ATAR WACE – Students must choose a minimum of four ATAR subjects and have 10 subjects in total to achieve ATAR WACE. Charlesworth Ballet requires students who are enrolled in an ATAR pathway to have ATAR Dance as one of their subject choices.

General WACE – Although enrolled in a general pathway, all students at Charlesworth Ballet are expected to do Year 11 ATAR Dance. Year 12 ATAR Dance will be at the discretion of the teaching staff. However, students would be expected to participate in the practical component.

The following will apply to all students enrolling in ATAR Dance.

  • All students need to bring a laptop each week to class to connect to the Internet.
  • Students will need an A4 folder with 10 dividers and plastic sleeves.
  • Classes will include;
    • 1.5-hour class for theory, assignment and group work.
    • A one-hour practical class to cover Set Solo, Original Solo, Improvisation tasks and Interview questions.
    • Contemporary classes and Composition classes, with either Level 4, Cert II 2nd, Cert III or Cert IV also being a part of ATAR Dance.
  • ATAR is a commitment of approximately 3 hours over and above what students currently do for Certificate work.
  • Compulsory attendance includes:
    • Designated professional dance performances to complete set written tasks.
    • Set Group choreographed tasks will be presented at the College Choreography showing (Soirée) and attendance is compulsory.
    • All assessments. Non-attendance could result in an unsuccessful completion of a unit.
    • Every Workshop Week will include a 2-hour ATAR intensive lesson for Year 12s which is compulsory.
    • Compulsory attendance at Intensive workshops for ATAR students provided by external associations such as ACHPER or equivalent. One per year at a cost to students of $70.00. Students will be advised when these are being held.
  • At the end of Term 4, once the Year 11 program has finished, students will commence Year 12 work for 2 weeks.

For more information on ATAR Dance please see the following link https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/arts/danceaspects

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