You don’t need to be a dancer to be a brilliant dance teacher: you can find examples of brilliant dance online! It could be a live performance from the Royal Ballet company or an interesting contemporary music video.
Actively engage your learners while they watch these productions by asking them to analyse and reflect on what they see. In this way the building blocks are being put in place for creating dances of their own.
Teach the vocabulary they need to describe and identify dance movements and performances, building confidence and familiarity with what’s special and unique about dance.
An alternative to the adverb tennis is ‘emotion tennis’ to develop your learner’s emotional literacy:- throwing the scarf angrily, lovingly, uncaringly, hopelessly, thoughtfully, daringly, distractedly…
Music – Film/orchestral music often gives a many-layered sound which allows for many interpretations. Percussion rhythms can be created by clapping, chanting, playing drums on your stomach or thighs etc.
Costumes – costume can be just hats or headwear, bring a splash of relevant colour, or add a historical/cultural context.
Props – items held/lifted/stood upon would be props. A collection of silk scarves/different fabrics can be useful for open-ended props.
Atmosphere/Story – is there a theme or story to the piece? How is the story told?
Dynamics – Is there a change in the dance, for example from small movements to big energetic movements?
Pace or Tempo – Are the movements slow and relaxed or do they look like they are in a hurry!
Structure – Does the dance fit into different sections, like a verse and a chorus in a song? Is there repetition, surprising elements or turning points?
Stillness – Does the dance have still moments? Why?
Lighting – How is the performance lit? How does that add to the meaning or atmosphere of the piece? Compare and contrast candlelight/ spotlight/ coloured lights for example.
Staging – How is the stage set out? Are the audience standing or sitting in front, behind, or all around the dance?
This is a series of 15 ‘Skills not Frills’ resource sheets, each accompanying a short video.
This is no #1 of 3 dance resource sheets and accompanying film.
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