Mount St Benedict College offers the opportunity for students to engage in Dance through both curricular studies and co-curricular activities.
Dance can be studied as an elective subject in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12).
Dance in Stages 5 and 6 is designed for students to experience, understand and value dance as an artform through the study of the performance, composition and appreciation of dance.
Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills about dance as an artform through:
- Dance performance as a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas
- Dance composition as a means of creating and structuring movement to express and communicate ideas
- Dance appreciation as a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context.
Students have the opportunity to perform their repertoire through Assemblies, the annual Creative and Performing Arts Showcase and the HSC Dance Evening.
Each year the NSW Department of Education and Training presents Callback, a selection of exemplary performances and projects from HSC Dance students. Mount St Benedict College has been honoured to have several individual nominations including Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Study Performance as part of their Board of Studies practical examinations. The HSC Dance candidates on the honour roll are:
- 2014 - Keira McEntee - Core Performance and Major Study Performance
- 2012 - Alicia Gardoni - Core Performance and Major Study Performance
- 2012 - Jessika Fisher - Core Performance
- 2012 - Madeleine Silsby - Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Study Performance
- 2011 - Emma Martin - Major Study Performance.
Students can audition to be part of one of Mount St Benedict College’s dance ensembles.
The ensembles are taught by industry professionals, including teachers from Sydney Dance Company. The ensembles run before school and cater for a wide range of styles and abilities. Students have the opportunity to perform their repertoire at College Liturgies, Open Day Exhibitions, Assemblies, Award Ceremonies, Carols on the Mount, the Creative and Performing Arts Showcase and Eisteddfods throughout the year.