This week’s tutorial saw us looking at how the body is used as the main instrument for dance. To begin we looked at the 3 main strands of dance, these being:

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Appreciating

We then focused on the elements of dance:

  • Action
  • Space
  • Time
  • Relationships
  • Dynamics
  • Structures

And how these elements allow us to work on a number of different performance skills, namely:

  • Coordination
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance/Stamina

A very successful part of this tutorial was breaking up students into groups of 5 or 6 and assigning them a performance skill before allowing them 5mins to come up with a small routine to demonstrate and teach tot the class. The great thing about this is the fact that it is not assessed which prevents students from becoming nervous whilst also allowing them to be creative in their presentations. The immediate feedback was also extremely useful.

One point that was particularly powerful during the tutorial was getting each student to give their own definition of dance and seeing the varied responses that came back. I think with a topic such as dance, it is important to allow students to be creative with their responses, particularly with older stages. Another great activity we took part in was coming up with a simple 16-count dance to incorporate the core body movements of turns, jumps, balance/stillness, travel and gesture. This allowed us to be creative with a purpose and is an activity that could easily be integrated in future classrooms.

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