Having had higher dance on our curriculum for two years now we have done a thorough self-evaluation of what has gone well and what needs improved.
Results are excellent but it comes at a stressful price as we struggle to get through to the pupils how important it is to start creating choreographies early in the session. Although in theory the process shouldn’t take a full school year we have decided to dedicate a period a week to only choreography and I will be taking this part of the course on.
We started today with the intention to ‘generate ideas’. I highlighted three key areas choreography can be based on: a story, a theme, an event, and as a class we then brainstormed topics to go under each heading. This gave everyone some working examples and their homework task is now to make a table of their own to narrow down their ideas.
Next we generated ideas for movement. I taught a short phrase which we went over until the pupils were comfortable with it individually and next week we will play around with the phrase to make it unique – an important component in their choreography work…
Todaya was my first day teaching dance in school again since the holidays. We started with S3 dance who are completing a contemporary unit as part of their NPA level 4 qualification. We are team teaching contemporary as it is not my area of expertise but I am keen to step outside my comfort zone and put into practice some of what I have learnt in our practical dance sessions at the RCS.
After a cardio workout we focussed on two centre exercises looking at posture and then twists and swings. Below is a snippet of what we did:
After this we taught the dancers a more complex corner sequence. This corner sequence is one initially used for National 5 but when going over our courses for this year we felt that it would be better placed within National 4 as part of our pace and challenge agenda at school.
I really enjoyed doing something new and the pupils were focussed, attentive and eager to learn all morning. Long may it continue!
Delighted with dance exam results today:
A – 64%
B – 36%
When I’m not dancing or teaching dancing I watch dancing….. Here’s my review of The Tap Pack:
Every week I attend a Body Balance class and I am conscious of the similarities between the way you control your body there and in different technical dance styles. I am hoping this will help me as a dancer with an injury as I try to realign my body and improve my technique/get back to where I was…