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TITLE Introduction to Contemporary Dance

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will explore the basics of contemporary dance techniques, with emphasis on Cunningham and Limon based exercises. The study-unit will introduce the use of floor work in the first few sessions and will move up to release-based work as the course progresses. Students will also be introduced to contact based work, including an introduction to contact improvisation, and lifts. Towards the end of the study-unit students will also be encouraged to create their own movement material as part of a class-choreography.

Learning Objectives:

• To introduce students to the basics of contemporary dance techniques;
• To enhance the awareness of one’s body when moving in space and with others;
• To develop an understanding of the artistic elements behind contemporary dance.


In keeping with the spirit of the Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Unit Material:

Not applicable

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of participants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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