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Dance / Year 5 and 6

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explain how the elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning by comparing dances from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance (ACADAR012)

Elaborations
  • discussing the purpose of movements, elements of dance, production elements, and use of projection and focus, and how these affect the mood of audience and the relationship between dancers and the audience
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – Which dance elements were used well and for which purpose? How was your mood changed by this dance? (refer to: the energy, shapes, tempo, music, staging in your answer)
  • identifying and discussing meanings and significance intended by the choreographer’s use of movement, space and energy, referring to their knowledge of the context in which the dance was created, for example, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dance, a Chinese ribbon dance, or a Sumatran tambourine dance
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – How is the movement of the body used to represent a story, character or idea? How does did you use space, costume and/or multimedia to communicate meaning in this dance?
  • discussing social and cultural influences to recognise the role of dance and dancers in societies, cultures, environments and times, for example, conventions of a Kecak dance from Bali, or the protocols for performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, including when it is not able to be viewed
  • Considering viewpoints – societies and cultures: For example – What are the traditions, customs and conventions of this dance? What different performance spaces are used for dances and why?
  • accessing real or virtual performances that are representative of different times and places and comparing how elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning in each
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Social settings (Narratives),  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Dance,  Media arts

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