Physical practice II (BDA721)

The course is designed to give students a deepened understanding of their physical practice and a broadened knowledge base rooted in different approaches to contemporary dance and alternative movement practices, as well as other dance traditions. Through continued physical investigation and experimentation, as well as discussion, oral presentations and written assignments students improve their ability to reflect critically on their own physical practice and their technical and artistic skills.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The content includes training in dance technique and alternative physical practices, as well as continued work with body conditioning and independent supplementary training. In addition to contemporary dance, students continue to study classical ballet and other dance forms such as hip hop and Afro-Cuban dance. Analysis and discussion of topics related to a contemporary dancer’s physical practice underpin reflection and contribute to the development of a "thinking body."

Learning outcome


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • have a deepened understanding of the interrelationship between dance technique, individual physical capabilities and one’s own movement language.
  • understand how other dance forms, physical practices and supplementary training are relevant to contemporary dance.
  • have knowledge of methods and practices that develop bodily awareness, presence, and an understanding of the artistic and performative aspects of dance practice.


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of skill in dance technique in terms of efficiency of movement, articulation, dynamics, musicality, and complex coordination.
  • personify dance material through work with different approaches to technique, physical investigation and exploration.
  • solve physical tasks both independently and in close collaboration with others.

General Competence

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • demonstrate further increased bodily awareness and physicality, particularly in terms of attention to detail, specificity, expressivity and the ability to project.
  • give meaningful feedback to others about their work with dance technique.
  • reflect on and discuss the connection between dance technique, alternative physical practices and dance art.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Portfolio consisting of 5 required elements
• an individual written reflection assignment
• a written log documenting independent supplementary training
• a practical/oral group presentation
• 2 performance tests in dance technique:

- midyear assessment at the end of the first semester - summative assessment in the second semester.Assignments in the subject are delivered in Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish are also permitted.

Coursework requirements

Attendance in all organized teaching is mandatory in accordance with the UK Faculty’s attendance regulations.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Eva Keilen Austbø

Course teacher:

Eva Keilen Austbø

Course teacher:

Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

Course teacher:

Hagit Yakira

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

Training in dance technique and related physical practices

Group teaching with a focus on dialogue and reflection


The subject is organized in weekly teaching activities. However, the teaching activity can entirely or partly be organized as intensive modules in periods of the academic year. The subject can also have a combination of weekly teaching and intensive modules.

Open for

Bachelor in Dance

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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