Indigenous Culture Performance

Year 2 – What is Dance?
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Teaching resources

Students respond to dance and recognise that people use dance to share their ideas and stories in their local community and throughout Australia. They learn to describe the effects that the elements of dance can have in communicating ideas during a dance sequence. Students are taught fundamental dance skills during practice and performance. They use their ideas to create a dance sequence and perform in front of an audience. 
Learning Objectives
In Lessons 1 to 12, students learn to:
  • consider where and why people dance in Australia
  • describe the effect of space in dance
  • describe the effect of time in dance
  • describe the effect of dynamics in dance
  • describe the effect of relationships in dance
  • identify safe and unsafe dance practices
  • explore movements safely to improvise dance ideas
  • express ideas through improvised movements to music
  • interpret and respond to a dance
  • recognise and perform patterns of movement in dance
  • plan a group dance sequence that represents a part of an Australian story
  • perform a sequence of dance movements to tell a shared story and present it in digital format. 
  • Knowledge and Understanding Test (Lesson 10)
  • Assessment Task (Lessons 10–12) 
Complete This Unit
Lesson 1: What is dance?
Lesson 2: Elements of Dance: Space
Lesson 3: Elements of Dance: Time
Lesson 4: Elements of Dance: Dynamics
Lesson 5: Elements of Dance: Relationships
Lesson 6: Safe movement
Lesson 7: Exploring movement
Lesson 8: Improvising movement
Lesson 9: Interpreting dance
Lesson 10: Patterns in dance
Lesson 11: Plan a group dance
Lesson 12: Performing a dance

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