Students are able to enrol in the special Dance Program as a full-time subject from Years 8-10 and then enrol in the Dance course of study in Year 11 & 12.
The course aims to develop the individual’s ability to create, perform and appreciate dance as an educational art form. Opportunities are provided for students to display their talent within and outside school, through various performances. Students have the opportunity to take part in workshops and view performances by professional dance companies. Students who are part of the dance course also have the opportunity to be part of the school's cheerleading squad.
There are many employment opportunities for students in the dance field. These include becoming a teacher, professional dancer, entertainer, television/radio presenter, choreographer & costume designer.
Special Dance engages students in four contact hours per week involving both practical and theory units.
Students in Year 8-10 participate in dance classes specifically designed to challenge and develop movement techniques. Students will learn techniques in jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, funk, hip hop and cultural dance, and will develop choreographic skills through creative dancing. They will also learn about the production side of dance and will have experience in critiquing dance work. Through visiting choreographers and participating in weekly contemporary dance classes, students will learn to develop creativity, technique, movement, vocabulary, rhythm, coordination and an understanding of arts criticism.
Students in Year 11-12 will cover three major areas of dance during the Stage 1 & 2 Course of Study; Choreography, Performance and Production. The course is aimed at giving students the opportunity to gain entrance into university and TAFE. The students will develop their contemporary and choreography skills as well as critiquing their own work and the work of others whilst developing their understanding of the arts language. They will gain experience in dance by participating in performances and workshops within the wider community and by working with visiting choreographers..
How to Enrol in the Dance Program:
An enrolment form can be obtained by contacting the Governor Stirling Senior High School Administration Office either by phone on 6274 0300 or email at GovernorStirling.SHS@det.wa.edu.au.
When returning your Dance application form please enclose a written reference from your school as well as a personal reference and a copy of your most recent school report.
UPDATED: December 2011