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BCA401D Artistic Expression and Practice  1 - Dance Didactics

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

This subject informs of Dance Didactics: The Teaching methods, theories and practice in dance in general. Through this course you gain insight into and experience of using dance and movement, working with children, young persons and/or other amateurs. Performance, directing, teaching and tutoring skills are emphasized.

The study is open for exchange students. 

General Competency 

Norwegian and/or English fluently, oral and written

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • Will know of basic teaching methods and didactics in dance
  • Will know of music analysis for use in teaching dance-work
  • Will know how dance involves children, young persons and/or amateurs
  • Will know strategies for presenting and performing simple dance shapes


The student

  • Can practice and perform general principles of dance-didactics
  • Can organize and teach simple dances and dance-shapes, involving children, young persons and/or other amateurs
  • Can plan and organize the use of dance and movement involving children, young persons and/or other amateurs

General competence

The student

  • Understands, can implement and instruct the use of simple dance-elements and movement-work in cultural projects for children, young persons and/or other amateurs

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

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

Teaching methods

Practical work with the use of dance and movement activity, lectures, tutorials, group collaborations and written assignments

Field- and practice work with amateurs as participants.

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 actively engage in own learning
  • Active engagement in practical workshops, lectures, group-collaborations and written assignments 
  • Field- and practice work including amateurs participating
  • Written assignments 


PART 1 - Practical task solution, with the use of creative dance - exam in group form and written reflection note on deadline; Weighting 60%.

PART 2 - Oral examination in group form, directly after completion of practical exam; Weighing 35%.

PART 3 - Reflection Note written; Weighing 5%. 

Grading scale: A - F. Where A is the best grade, E is the lowest pass grade and F is fail.

Examination support material

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

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

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