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BCA201D Artistic Expression and Practice  in Communities 1 - Dance in Context

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

Dance in Context: This subject informs of dance and the art of dance in historical perspectives and in present day context. Through this course you also gain knowledge of dance traditions- and techniques. Performing dance in simple forms is emphasized. The studyplan involves weekly dance training and physically practicing basics of dancetechniques and styles. Performative aspects are included. 

The study is open for international students. 

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • Will know of different historical traditions, styles and artistic expressions of dance 
  • Will know of how Dance and the artform links to the history of Music, Visual Arts, Theatre and Drama
  • Will know basics of performative strategies in different genres of dance


The student:

  • Can perform simple and historically based dances and explain the context 
  • Can teach simple danceforms rooted in historical context
  • Can use simple dance-shapes and their performative strategies as part of a creative and community related project 

General competence

The student:

  • Can plan, and instruct in creative projects for children, young persons and/or other amateurs, by using historically based dance and movement as part of the work. This can include simpler folkdances and/or simpler social dances. 

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Experience of physical body work, such as dance, physical education, sports and/or experience with other body-cultures. Experience with Drama. Experience with Music. 

Teaching methods

Practical work with the use of dance-training and practice, lectures, tutorials, group-collaborations and written assignments

Compulsory learning activities

  • Active participation is expected, and compulsory physical attendance is a requirement for parts of this course. Which parts this is will be presented in the plan for each semester.
  • The student is expected to engage in own student learning in active ways. 
  • Active participation in practical workshops, lectures and groupwork 
  • Presentation of one (1) group-project 
  • Written assignments


Grading - 1 gradesmark, divided in 2 evaluations:

Part 1: Practical group exam. Weighting individually 60% 

Part 2: Written Exam. Weighting individually 40% 

Grading A - F

Examination support material

All printed and written support material allowed, including video-material from internet.

Technical equipment such as light and sound for stage, film and/or video camera-work.

Student-active use of obligatory literature

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