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Group : 6

The Arts

Dance  SL/ HL

All dance is expressive movement with intent, purpose and structure, which communicates through the body and gestures of the dancer. It exists over time in many forms and styles and is practised in all traditions and cultures, taking place in a range of contexts for various purposes.

Dance is always evolving, as innovations develop alongside or from traditional forms and practices. Dance works may be seen as social and historical texts reflecting the cultures from which they emerge. Dance is a unique medium for learning about self and the world. It is one essential component of artistic, aesthetic and cultural education, and develops creative potential through physical expression. In dance, the integration of body, mind and spirit helps participants learn skills that are transferable to other disciplines and to their daily lives.

Consistent with the educational philosophy of the IB, the Diploma Programme dance curriculum aims for a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present and looking towards the future. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances.

The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance. This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance.

Learning outcomes

Through studying any of the group 6 subjects—the arts—students become aware of how artists work and communicate. The aims of all subjects in group 6 are to enable students to:

       Enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts.


      Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts.


      Understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts.


      Explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures.


     Express ideas with confidence and competence.


     Develop perceptual and analytical skills.


In addition, the aims of the dance course at SL and HL are to help students to:

Understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and to understand that these practices integrate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge.


Experience dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of bodily movement.

Understand and appreciate mastery in various dance styles, traditions and cultures familiar and unfamiliar.

Recognize and use dance to create dialogue among the various traditions and cultures in their school environment, their society and the world at large.


Teaching Methodology

In the teaching of the dance course it should be possible to have groups of students that include both SL and HL students. Through a variety of teaching approaches, all students—whether SL or HL will be encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of dance.

The dance course has three components of study, Composition and analysis, World dance studies, Performance.

The course has an in-built flexibility, allowing the study of diverse world dance cultures and/or traditions and styles. Students are required and encouraged to explore dance from cultures and/or traditions distant from their areas of familiarity.

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