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Dance

Autumn Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Mission Impossible

Performance – They will: Learn and perform a motif that explores the themes surrounding the film Mission Impossible. Demonstrate the ability to use the basic dance skills; control, coordination and confidence.
Composition – They will: Develop the motif using a range of choreographic devices including; unison, canon, levels, direction change, repetition.
Appreciation – They will: research Mission Impossible to gain an understanding of the plot and discuss how we can communicate the story through dance. Observe their peers work, identifying strengths and areas of improvement.

Autumn Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Without Trace

Performance – They will: Learn a set motif that explores Mark Murphy’s, Without Trace. Students will exploring the theme ‘missing’ and demonstrate the ability to perform using the characteristics of the dance genre physical theatre.
Composition – They will: Use motif development to explore choreographic devices including; canon, question and answer, counter point, contact, dynamics and unison.
Appreciation – They will: Analyse the dance works Without Trace, identifiying the dance components (action, space, dynamics and relationships), gaining an understanding of safe practice when creating contact work.

Spring Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Rock Challenge – Alice in Ecstasy

Performance – They will: Learn and perform the peer pressure motif in a group. Learn and perform contact work safely with a partner. Demonstrate the ability to use performance skills such as timing, facial expression, eye focus, extension and energy.
Composition They will: Develop the ‘peer pressure’ motif into a group dance by using canon, repetition, addition, dynamics, spatial arrangements and freeze frames. Create an entrance and ending to the group dance.
Appreciation – They will: Observe ‘Alice in Ecstasy’ and discuss how the story has been communicated in dance including the use of set, costume and movements. Observe their peers’ performances and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Spring Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Christopher Bruce

Performance – They will: Learn and perform 3 motifs based on the work of Christopher Bruce. Learn and perform a folk step, contact work and Jazz. Learn and perform a series of freeze frames using levels, expression and gesture. Demonstrate the ability to use performance skills.
Composition – They will: Develop the motifs into a trio by using a range of choreographic devices. Create contact work in the style of Christopher Bruce. Develop the folk step by using direction change.
Appreciation – They will: Observe the opening of all three dance works, which include; Ghost Dances, Rooster and Swansong and developed an understanding of its key facts. Participate in discussions about the characteristic movements. Observe their peers’ performances and identify strengths and improvements.

Summer Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Charlotte’s Story

Performance – They will: Learn and perform the LRA motif in a group. Learn and perform a range of contact work safely with a partner. Demonstrate the ability to use performance skills such as; timing, facial expression, eye focus, extension, energy.
Creating – They will: Develop the ‘LRA’ motif into a group dance by using a range of devices. Create and develop a contact motif using a variety of lift, counter balances and still positions.
Appreciation – They will: Observe ‘A Brighter Tomorrow’ and discuss how the true story has been communicated in dance. Participate in discussions how children like Charlotte Awino from Northern Uganda are abducted by the LRA.

Summer Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on: Introduction to Street Dance

Performance – They will: Learn and perform a Street Dance routine, focusing on demonstrating the characteristics of this style of dance (attitude, energy, dynamic quality and eye focus). Learn and perform a Street Dance style warm up. Demonstrate the ability to use performance skills such as; precision, energy, movement memory and eye focus.
Composition – They will: Develop the Street Dance routine into a group dance by making use of unison, spatial arrangement, repetition, direction change and canon. Created new movements in a Street Dance style. Create appropriate transitions in the group dance, which link the new actions into the routine
Appreciation – They will: Observe extracts of Street Dance performances and discuss the characteristics of the style. Observe their peers performances and identified strengths and areas for improvement.

Contact the Performing Arts Department

Phone: 01202 774636
Email: tdulston@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk