Dance / Year 5 and 6 / Exploring and responding

Curriculum content descriptions

explore ways that the elements of dance are combined to communicate ideas, perspectives and/or meaning in dance across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts (AC9ADA6E01)

Elaborations
  • exploring how dances they experience use the elements of dance and choreographic devices such as repetition, unison or contrast; for example, exploring culturally specific dance from a country or region in Asia, or dance on screen
  • seeking feedback about how ideas in a dance were perceived/understood by the audience; for example, checking how the audience interpreted movements such as stop and start/percussive arm and upper body movements intended to express basketball actions in a game, or rhythmic and accented movement intended to express the passage of time, or the actions of a clock
  • discussing the purpose of movements, elements of dance, production elements, technical and expressive skills, such as use of projection and focus, and how these affect the mood of audience and the relationship between dancers and the audience
  • asking questions based on Viewpoints to explore similarities and differences in ways that choreographers or performers and audiences experience/respond to aspects of a dance; for example, “How were elements of dance used to communicate the main idea in the dance?”, “How was your mood changed by this dance?” and developing and asking questions that refer to energy, shape, tempo or use of production elements such as props or music
  • exploring how dance is used to communicate cultural traditions; for example, considering dance from a country or region in Asia and asking, “What stories, narratives or ways of being and doing does this dance reflect?”, “Is this dance communicating something about the culture where it originated that we can’t learn any other way?”, “How is this dance evolving over time? For example, are costumes now made from different materials?”
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Dance purpose and styles,  Dance,  Culture,  Movement sequences,  Storytelling,  Dance composition,  Cultural contexts

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