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DANCE

 
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MISS KARA VALENTE

The Year 12 Dance Class of 2021 are an energetic group of students who thoroughly enjoyed their time across the course of composing, performing and appreciating dance as an art form. These students have experienced unique challenges, yet, they powered through to the end and should be so proud of the work they created. This class has shared so many amazing memories in and out of the studio and I will miss the positivity they brought to our Dance class. Congratulations to you all and I wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your lives.

 

STUDENTS

HOLLIE FISK

CAITLYN FITZGERALD

EMILY HINDLEY

ERIK NOVAK

KAMRYN REID

ZANA ROCKWELL

HAYLEY SMITH

KIRSTIN STARR

 
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HOLLIE FISK

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Hollie trained and refined through her practice. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement. Hollie has executed this dance well.

 
 

Core Composition

Hollie’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance with the intent of ideas and emotions associated with dreams turning into nightmares. Sections of the dance explore the process of a calming dreamy state that evolves into a nightmare that a character is trying to escape and then finally returns to a calm state when asleep. 
Hollie’s Composition Dancer is Claire Birta (Year 11).

 
 

Major Study Performance

Hollie’s Major Study Performance consists of the intent of being captured, and trying to break free from that. The dance explores enclosed movements to represent being captured and within a confined space, then branching out into larger movements demonstrating the struggle to break free and finding freedom within that. Hollie’s portrayal of this dance is seen through her performance quality of which engages the viewer into the story.

 
 
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CAITLYN FITZGERALD

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Caitlyn trained and worked on refining. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Caitlyn demonstrated improvement with.

 
 

Core Composition

Caitlyn’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance that was inspired by the movie ‘Inside out’. The dance represents the character Riley and some of the different emotions that contribute to the way she thinks, feels and moves. There are five sections that explore both the outward perspective of Riley as well as the emotions of sadness, anger and joy. 
Caitlyn’s Composition Dancer is Jessica Fraser (Year 10).

 
 

Major Study Appreciation

Caitlyn elected Appreciation as her Major Study. Through this study, she looked into Prescribed Artists Akram Khan and Ohad Naharin. In addition to this, Caitlyn also studied the Seminal Dance Work Appartement (2000) by Mats Ek.

 
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EMILY HINDLEY

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Emily trained and worked on refining through her consistent rehearsal. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Emily demonstrated improvement with.

 
 

Core Composition

Emily’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance work that explored the process of the heart flatlining. Her dance comprises of three sections that show the process from a normal healthy working heart, the monitoring of an irregular heart rhythm and the progress into a flatline. Emily has made unique choreographic choices in her dance to reflect this.
Emily’s Composition Dancer is Lexi Allen (Year 11).

 
 

Major Study Appreciation

Emily elected Appreciation as her Major Study. Through this study, she looked into Prescribed Artists Akram Khan and Ohad Naharin. In addition to this, Emily also studied the Seminal Dance Work Appartement (2000) by Mats Ek.

 
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ERIK NOVAK

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Erik trained and worked on refining. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Erik demonstrated improvement with.

 
 

Core Composition

Erik’s Core Composition was his own choreographed dance that explores the process of learning to be accepting of oneself and their identity. This work is made up of three sections exploring the stages of acceptance. These are titled Confusion/Repression, Understanding and Acceptance.
Erik’s Composition Dancer is Jasmyn Spinks (Year 11).

 
 

Major Study Appreciation

Erik elected Appreciation as his Major Study. Through this study he looked into Prescribed Artists Akram Khan and Ohad Naharin. In addition to this, Erik also studied the Seminal Dance Work Appartement (2000) by Mats Ek.

 
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KAMRYN REID

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Kamryn trained and worked on refining. Kamryn had to make many modifications to her movement and skill execution to cater for an ankle injury. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Kamryn demonstrated improvement with.

 
 

Core Compostion

Kamryn’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance that explored how negative influences have created a sense of loss of self. Throughout the dance, sections are developed based on a young person’s experience of trying to fit in and feeling knocked down.
Kamryn’s Composition Dancer is Sienna Lopez (Year 9).

 
 

Major Study Performance

Kamryn’s Major Study Performance consists of the intent of being captured and trying to escape from that. The dance explores enclosed movements to represent being captured and within a confined space, then branching out into larger movements demonstrating the struggle to break free and finding freedom within that. Kamryn’s portrayal of this dance is seen through her performance quality, which engages the viewer into the story. Modifications due to a presenting ankle injury were also made in this dance.

 
 
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ZANA ROCKWELL

 

Core Performance

This is a complex performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Zana trained and refined thoroughly. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Zana demonstrated with sophistication.

 
 

Core Composition

Zana’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance that explores the different stages of planning and overseeing a micro city. This is also a metaphor for goal setting in life. Within the dance, three different sections of the narrative can be seen with a cyclical return. The dance begins with the sketching of the micro city which then forms into the physical creation of the city, the dance then ends with the city falling apart and crashing down. This ultimately represents how goals are easily affected, but the important feature of resilience. Zana demonstrated personalisation of movement and made clear choreographic choices to communicate her intent throughout.
Zana’s Composition Dancer is Mia Sierra (Year 11).

 
 

Major Study Performance

Zana’s Major Study Performance explores the intent and symbolic meaning of a spider. Initially, the dance reflects the motherly figure of the spider and the feminine qualities it represents in Egypt. Section two demonstrates the creative side of a spider and the intelligence in creating a web. In section three the great skill of waiting for prey and patience is shown. Clear dynamic contrasts of sustained and percussive movement as well as clever shapes and spatial arrangements have assisted the interpretation of this work. Zana also engages the viewer extensively through her display of performance quality.

 
 
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HAYLEY SMITH

 

Core Performance

This is a performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Hayley trained and worked on refining. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Hayley implemented well.

 
 

Core Composition

Hayley’s Core Composition was her own choreographed dance that represents the Life Cycle of a Butterfly. This dance explores the stages of the egg and Caterpillar in the first section, there is then a transition phrase communicating the stage of the cocoon and a final section showcasing the Butterfly. Hayley has made choreographic choices to reflect this intent throughout. 
Hayley’s Composition Dancer is Jemma Noblett (Year 10).

 
 

Major Study Perfomance

Hayley’s Major Study Performance explores the contrast of classic Hollywood Tap in comparison to modern-day society and a sense of longing to live in another era. The dance demonstrates a separation between modern-day society with the performance of contemporary movements. Tap sections of the work display slow and fast tap skills that Hayley refined through consistent rehearsal. Her execution and display of performance quality thoroughly engages the viewer and provides an insight into the interpretation of the work.

 
 
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KIRSTIN STARR

 

Core Performance

This is a complex performance that focuses on the display of dance technique and fitness. Throughout this dance a series of body skills were showcased, of which Kirstin trained and worked on refining. An important aspect of this dance is the ability to apply performance quality and connect to the audience through the expression of movement which was something that Kirstin demonstrated highly.

 
 

Core Composition

Kirstin’s Core Composition was her own choreographed work that explored the struggle of a crow transitioning into a dove and metaphorically expressed the stages of darkness evolving into purity. This was displayed across five sections that depicted the representation of the crow and dove being one, separating into purely the crow, the transformation phase, purely the dove, and the repetition of the first section to close the dance work. Kirstin communicated her concept/intent throughout the dance with personalised movement phrases and sequences. 
Kirstin’s Composition Dancer is Natalie Watts (Year 9).

 
 

Major Study Perfomance

Kirstin’s Major Study Performance was executed with technical skill and performance quality. The interpretation of the dance was inspired by the song ‘Smother’ by Daughter which helped stimulate the interpretation of the dance work.