Workshop: Movement and Dance

Base Knowledge


Teaching Methodologies

The curricular unit contents will be addressed in combination with increasing level of complexity and treated to form links between theoretical knowledge (exposure and dialogue), practical experimentation, observation/analysis and recreation. Initially, the student will experience bodily exercises, individually and in groups. In the next step, the student work on solutions expressive/body to the proposals suggested in class, in group.

Learning Results

1. Understand the importance of dance as a socio-cultural phenomenon of men.
2. Acquire the kinetics body awareness through the experience and analysis of multiple practical situations.
3. Knowing the characteristics of movement elements, motor actions and dances.
4. Provide the development of creativity through recreation of movement and choreographic forms interconnected with music.
5. Develop creativity and imagination kinetic in order to use movement as a means of communication.
6. Knowing the terminology referring to the syllabus of the discipline.


1. Introduction to the study of dance: anthropological perspective, dimensions and forms of dance.
1. Movement elements:
1.1. The body (body parts, locomotor action and no locomotor- and forms)
1.2. Space (self / general – paths, directions, levels, planes and volumes)
1.3. Time (rhythm, duration and speed)
1.4. Energy (weight and fluency)
1.5. Relationship (I / I, I / other, I / small group, I / large group and I / objects and environments)
1.6. Composition of movement
2. Motor actions
2.1. Dislocations, steps, gestures, turns, jumps, posture, falls and balances
2.2. Movement phrases and composition
3. Dances: traditional portuguese, from other countries and different times
3.1. Recreation of dances

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Continuing Evaluation
  • - Motor performance in dance exercises in class - 60.0%
  • - Design of movement and dance exercises - 30.0%
  • - Evolution of motor performance, behaviors and attitudes observed in class - 10.0%
  • - practical test - 50.0%
  • - Written test - 50.0%




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