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  • The IB DP dance course takes a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present and looking towards the future.
  • Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances.
  • The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance.
  • This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance.
  • Understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and to understand that these practices integrate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge
  • Experience dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of bodily movement
  • Understand and appreciate mastery in various dance styles, traditions and cultures familiar and unfamiliar
  • Recognize and use dance to create dialogue among the various traditions and cultures in their school environment, their society and the world at large.
  • Composition and analysis
    The development of the creative aspect of making dances
  • Composing original work
    World dance studies
    The development of a comparative knowledge of several dance styles from more than one culture and/or tradition
  • Performance
    The development of an understanding of and facility in performing dances

    • What are the similarities between dance and other art forms such as sculpture, music, painting?
    • What are the unique characteristics of each form in the transmission of “knowledge”?
    • What are the similarities and differences between knowledge found in dance and knowledge found in other areas of endeavour such as human sciences, natural sciences or mathematics?
    • As movement is usually the primary language of dance, how does that language communicate? Can it take the place of words? Is it possible for dance to make a narrative statement through movement?
    • How are ethics involved in dance? Does the creator or the dancer have a responsibility to improve the human condition?
    • To what extent is knowledge gained by studying, creating, performing or viewing dance? How does this knowledge differ from other ways of knowing?

    Composition and analysis
    Three dance works (totaling 8-15 minutes) composed by the student, submitted on DVD Analytical statement on the processes of composition and analysis of one of the dances

    Dance Investigation
    Formal written report, no more than 2,500 words, analysing the similarities and differences between two dance styles drawn from different dance cultures and/ or traditions, one familiar and one unfamiliar to the student

    Two or three dances (solo/ duet/group but at least one must be a solo or a duet) in any style or styles, performed by the student to show proficiency and expressive ability appropriate to the dance, presented at an open showing; total presentation of 6-9 minutes (at least half of which must be devoted to solo and/or duet work), submitted on DVD

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