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Dance / Year 5 and 6

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore movement and choreographic devices using the elements of dance to choreograph dances that communicate meaning (ACADAM009)

Elaborations
  • improvising new movement to communicate ideas in response to stimulus, for example, exploring the relationship of close proximity of dancers grouped together to represent overcrowded cities
  • exploring stimulus or analysing other dances to devise a variety of movement possibilities, for example, different ways to jump and land, roll and stand or spiral down to the ground
  • exploring character and mood by experimenting with elements of dance in a range of set, teacher-directed or student-devised dances
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – How is the movement of the body used to represent a story, character or idea? How does space, costume and/or multimedia communicate meaning in this dance?
  • selecting, combining, arranging and refining movement using choreographic devices such as canon and unison
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Dance composition,  Symbolism (Art movements)

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Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...

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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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A dancer's dancing day

What do dancers need to do to keep at the top of their game and be ready to respond to the demands of working on new choreography? Thomas Bradley, a Sydney Dance Company member, takes us through his daily routine as a full-time dancer during the making of the dance '2 One Another'. The choreographer working with Bradley ...

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Dancing 'the state of the air'

Discover how dance and dancers can communicate the experience of weather. Choreographer Lucy Guerin introduces her dance work 'Weather' and talks about her ideas for creating a performance. Find out what drew her to this surprising subject and why she feels dance is an excellent medium for expressing ideas and different ...

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Making Weather: Dancing in the clouds

Observe a stage of the development of dance performance 'Weather' by Melbourne based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Guerin and her dancers have moved into the theatre where they will perform and the elements of choreography, music, set and props must now be combined. Some things need to be reworked while others need a complete ...

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Dancing with design: the testing phase

Explore the effects of production and design elements on dance. Lucy Guerin and her dancers have moved from the rehearsal space into the theatre. For the first time they can experience the design elements for the new dance work 'Weather'. Guerin asks the dancers to move with these elements, discovering that not all ideas ...

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Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

'Weaving' is a segment from a longer dance piece called 'Artefact', a richly spiritual work about breathing life back into objects from ancient times. Choreographer Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha people of South Australia. The 'Weaving' segment was inspired by the traditional knowledge and practices of the ...

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Dancing weather maps: ideas of circularity

Imagine a weather map you might see on the daily news. The many lines indicate different levels of air pressure that are part of what makes weather. In this clip, choreograhpher Lucy Guerin describes how a fascination with weather maps led her to explore one of her central ideas of circularity in her dance work 'Weather'.

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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Finding structure in chaos

The inspiration for new dance works can be found in all sorts of ideas and issues. Choreographer Lucy Guerin describes her fascination with chaos and order and how that impacts on her choreographic decisions about how her dancers move and interact - the shape and structure of her dance work 'Weather'.

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Dress Rehearsal - over to the dancers now

See how, even at the stage of dress rehearsal, a dance performance continues to develop and refine. In this clip choreographer Lucy Guerin discusses the big ideas which have shaped her dance work 'Weather' for her company Lucy Guerin Inc. We see Guerin working on the final details of the dancers' spacing as well as the ...

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Making 'Weather': developing dance movements

Discover the sources of inspiration that Lucy Guerin and her dancers explore as they develop the dance work 'Weather'. In this clip, choreographer Guerin challenges the dancers to explore movement that reflects lines of pressure, or weather fronts, as they appear on a weather map.

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

Interactive

Creating and analysing dance on film

This course provides teachers with the skills and knowledge to create and analyse dance on film. Each eModule is presented by Sue Healey, a professional choreographer and filmmaker, and includes detailed interviews and video overlays. Healey's dance work Fine Line is on of the HSC Dance Core Appreciation works and is referenced ...

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Storytelling through dance

Students will learn about how visual images can inspire dance and using expressive qualities to communicate these ideas. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own work.

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Dancing The Torres Strait winds to Life: Zey

Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects of the winds (Gub) on the land, sea and community. The four seasons in the Torres Strait Islands relate directly to the type and direction of the winds. Kris has explored the effects of the Zey (pronounced Zay) - cool ...

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Crowding the dance floor

Imagine yourself in a crowd. Do you feel part of the crowd or do you feel alone in the crowd? 'Assembly', a collaboration between Chunky Move and Victorian Opera, explores these ideas through dance, choral music and sound. Here you can see aspects of the work, which reflects the ways crowds move and act. The work was devised ...

Online

The Nutcracker: primary and secondary school resources

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. In this re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's the Nutcracker, the story of Clara is transported to 1950s Australia where the once famous Russian ballerina is reflecting on her past life and its triumphs and travails ...

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Fish fossil

This is a colour photograph of an ancient fish ('Wadeichthys oxyops') fossilised in mudstone. This specimen is from the Koonwarra fossil bed in South Gippsland, Victoria. The fins, tail and body scales of the fish are clearly visible. Museum cataloguing numbers are written on the rock.