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Dance / Foundation to Year 2

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Curriculum content descriptions

Present dance that communicates ideas to an audience, including dance used by cultural groups in the community (ACADAM003)

  • presenting a learned sequence of movements or performing simple dances, individually or as a group, to classmates, teachers and parents
  • expressing ideas to an audience through movement, for example, showing contrasting dynamics by stamping heavily and tip-toeing lightly, or using movement qualities such as slow controlled sinking to the floor to express melting ice and sharp jerky movement to express a robot
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – What did this dance make you think about? Did the dance movements remind you of anything? How are you communicating the ideas or intention in this dance?
  • exploring the movements in dances with representatives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, for example, creating movements that represent animals from their region
  • using expressive skills to engage the audience, for example, looking out to audience and using facial expression
  • presenting their dance in a digital format
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Dance genres,  Artistic purpose,  Audiences

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Year level F-2
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Learning area Arts
Teacher resource

School of fish

This is a resource that focuses on creating dance in unison with others. It includes three videos featuring dance teacher Katrina Rank demonstrating dances and warm-up activities. Also provided are: the 'Ocean song' in MP3 format; an activity sheet and underwater world template; questions for response and a link for students ...


Chinese New Year

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Chinese New Year. The teacher notes provide background information about Chinese New Year activities in the People's Republic of China and around the world, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. ...

Interactive Resource

The Wild West

Students learn about the Wild West through creative arts. They explore dance and music with simple movement combinations and clapping to a beat. They also create a sunset landscape artwork.

Moving Image

Balinese boar Barong dance performance

This resource is a video featuring a live performance of a traditional Balinese dance, a Calonarang, which is a dance ritual for the purpose of chasing away evil and purifying villages. The main focal point of the dance is the Barong, a protective diety of the Balinese culture. Barong can take on a variety of forms, and ...

Moving Image

Balinese costumes

This is a video showing a traditional Balinese dancer performing the dance of the Condong or Divine Nymph. The sole dancer is accompianied by traditional music, and is filmed on a hand-held camera using a single shot in real time. There is a simple written description of the dance to support the video, which emphasises ...