Module code: DAN3031

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

DA SILVA K Ms (Arts)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

DAN1001, DAN1002, DAN2003, DAN2004, DAN3005

Module overview

This module enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance practices in their independent performance project. The module focuses on enhancing their self-reflective skills and understanding of contemporary dance practices and provides students with the opportunity to independently apply and discuss learnt approaches in a professional performance context to develop an advanced contemporary dance practice that incorporates an embodied understanding of somatic principles. Continued participation in classes and workshops supports students’ learning and integration of theory and practice throughout.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

A developing sophistication in embodying an understanding of alignment and placement within dance movement.
A developing sophistication towards understanding of stylistic qualities embedded within specific dance genres and artist signatures.
Consistent application of Contemporary dance and somatic principles in relation to alignment, breath, weight and posture and embodiment and perceptual awareness.
Ability to work in a highly developed independent way underpinned by exposure to a range of somatic methodologies.
A detailed awareness and sophisticated sensitivity in relationship to music, rhythmic, phrasing, relationship to space and structural process and performance elements.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

allow students to critically reflect on their independent project building on skills learnt throughout the programme (Level 4-6)

The learning and teaching methods include:

Contemporary dance practice classes, somatic sessions, presentation sessions (4 x 1.4hrs pw plus 1 somatic session 11 weeks)
Independent study and group rehearsal sessions.
Engagment with peer feedback through University VLE (Surrey Learn) and class discussion forums
Viewing professional work and engaging with professional forums to inform own embodied, artistic and creative development.

Assessment Strategy

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

An assured knowledgeable embodied and cognitive understanding of principles taught within the practice and demonstrate an ability to reflect on this critically.
An assured physical understanding of Contemporary dance practices and strategies for developing and deepening understanding through reflective practices.
Knowledge through feedback strategies, Continuous participation in workshops, classes and rehearsals and through engagement with reflective discussion forums accessed via the University’s VLE (Surrey Learn).
Evidence application of reflective learning towards student’s own progress and development

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Continuous assessment (50%): based on participation in class sessions, and demonstration of progress in the development of physical and performance skills. This is evidenced through midway tutorials on progress as well as contribution to VLE discussion forums (contribution to discussion forums can be evidence through provision of statistics in SurreyLearn) (Weeks 1-11)
Performance Presentation (50%): students will receive an individual mark and feedback on their critically reflection critiquing their independent creative performance project.

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 1-11; 13-14

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive feedback on their reflective process mid-way through to prepare for their final summative assessment.

Reading list


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 2017/8 academic year.