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Dance / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify and connect specific features and purposes of dance from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their dance-making, starting with dance in Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACADAR019)

Elaborations
  • identifying the distinguishing stylistic features of different dances and considering how this can inform their choreography
  • Considering viewpoints – cultures: For example – What is the cultural context in which this dance was developed, or in which it is viewed, and what does it signify? What are the stylistic differences in hip hop performances from different countries including Asia, Europe and the USA?
  • comparing dance styles in different artistic, social, environmental, historical and cultural contexts
  • Considering viewpoints – societies: For example – How does this dance relate to its social context and that of its audience? What are the protocols for viewing and performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dances?
  • observing and identifying stylistic similarities and differences in both traditional and contemporary dances, for example, dances from Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people and Asian communities
  • investigating the development of dance styles and the influence of histories, societies, cultures and environments
  • investigating the role of dance in transmitting cultural information, such as advocating change in relation to contemporary issues (for example, land degradation)
  • Considering viewpoints – histories: For example – What historical forces and influences are evident in the dance work? How do the costumes and movements in this dance reflect the era in which it was created?
  • recognising ethical issues including acknowledging sources and respecting the intellectual property rights of others in dance
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

Settings (Narratives),  Artistic purpose,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art

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En pointe: keeping you on your toes!

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The Sleeping Beauty: secondary school resource

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Cinderella: secondary school resource

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COPPÉLIA: secondary school resource

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Swan Lake: secondary school resource

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The Nutcracker: primary and secondary school resources

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Dancing lions celebrate the Lunar New Year

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Ninjas rocking and violin-infused rap at 'Hip hop kung fu'

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Rachel Cooper on Indonesia's Envelope-Pushing Dance Troupe

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Kentaro!! Contemporary Japanese dance

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Conrad Martens: 'View from Rose Bank' 1840

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