2018 Sydney Catholic Schools HSC Dance Showcase Recital

On Monday the 3rd of September, Bethany College was fortunate enough to have our exemplary dancers selected to showcase their HSC dance works at the 2018 Sydney Catholic Schools HSC Recital. The showcase recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Performing Arts students across Sydney Catholic Schools through a performance evening in which Year 11 and 12 dance students, teachers and parents attended. Congratulations to Dominique Kulchar who showcased her HSC Core Composition ‘Boomerang’ and Major Performance, ‘Black Cat’, as well as Roselyn Pasia who was selected to perform her Core Performance ‘Waves’. Thank you to Mr Bernardo who attended the evening and Mrs. Bennie for her expertise and guidance through the duration of the 2018 Dance HSC.   

 – Shae Acevski ( Year 10)

Core Performance “Waves”

Choreographed by – Mrs Bennie

Dancer – Roselyn Pasia

The core performance dance is prepared as an outgrowth of classwork under the guidance of the teacher. The dance is considered a coherent organisation of technical body skills, phrases and sequences that contribute to executing movement safety and correctly.

‘Core Performance is titled ‘Waves’ stemming from the ups and downs of family. Through the body skill of a parallel balance into a penche and the ability to control balances, I ensure that my body is using correct dance technique to suit the work whilst maintaining strength, the body’s capability to withstand a maximum exertion of force. Taking into consideration the muscle groups of the core, quadriceps, glutes and back that must be engaged in order to execute the movement with a clean quality of line and an upward projection, are all considered through kinaesthetic awareness when training in the lead up to the Core Performance, both in the dance class and as part of adjunctive training.’

Core Composition “Boomerang” 

Choreographed by – Dominique Kulchar

Dancer – Shae Acevski – Year 10

‘The concept intent is the ‘Boomerang’ and the stimulus is ideational. The work conveys the concept of a boomerang used as an indigenous hunting tool. The formal structure is ABA ternary. The ‘A’ sections, portray the throwing action of the boomerang by the hunter. This is demonstrated through a rotational quality, which serves as the motif for both ‘A’ sections. The work’s climax is in section ‘B’, where it depicts the chase and catch of the victim, from the prey’s perspective. The work develops a higher intensity through sharp accents and animalistic qualities movements, in order to capture the creature’s frantic nature. The work achieves unity through the two transitions, by connecting the sections.  The transitions communicate the appearance and qualities of a boomerang, through the combination of stiff curved shapes and circular or spinning movements. The work achieves unity through using personalised choices to support the concept intent. Furthermore, the resolution is achieved via the depiction of the returning journey of the boomerang, thus, ending the work the same way it began.’ Major Study Performance “Black”

Choreographed by – Mrs Bennie & Dominique Kulchar


‘My interpretation for my major study performance work is the Bombay Black cat, which is a short hair domesticated feline, crossbred between a Burmese and an American short hair. I’ve chosen this particular animal for its distinct appearance, with a glossy black coat which is typically associated with mystical superstitions or witchcraft. This concept of the Bombay cat relates to the work through its title “Black”. The interpretation of the work is developed through four sections. Section one, depicts the bad fortune associated with the black cat when it crosses your path from right-to-left, evident within my floor pattern at the beginning. Section two, portrays the Velcro like attachment which the Bombay cat has with its owner. The use of sharp accents heard in the accompaniment, conveys the cats sense of anxiety when it is alone without its owner. Section three, portrays the idea of the Black cat as the most favoured shapeshifter in witch craft, through the slow transition between shapes in the upstage left corner. Section four, also demonstrates the black cat as the embodiment of a human spirit which has returned to the physical world to complete unfinished business. The interpretation of the work is also expressed through thematic considerations such as the yellow eyeshadow, to resemble the eye colour of the Bombay. Along with the all black costuming, to define the cat’s appearance.’

Such a wonderful achievement for both Dominique and Roselyn. Thank you to composition dancer Shae Acevski of year 10 who dedicated her time to Dominique’s composition throughout the year

Mrs Danielle Bennie

Teacher In Charge Dance