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DANCE UNIT: YEAR ONE

AIM/LEARNING INTENTION: CURRICULUM:

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the foundation knowledge Explore, improvise and organise ideas to make dance sequences
(elements, language, safe practices) of dance. Fundamental movement using the elements of dance (ACADAM0010).
skills and technical skills will be drawn together to form a short dance Use fundamental movement skills to develop technical skills when
sequence. Students will have opportunities to explore and improvise with practising dance sequences (ACADAM002).
dance. The popular dance style of hip-hop will theme this unit and allow Present dance that communicates ideas to an audience, including
students insight into culturally relevant dance within their local community. dance used by cultural groups in the community (ACADAM003).

ACHIEVMENT STANDARD: ASSESMENT: CROSS CURRICULUM PRIORITIES: GENERAL CAPABILITIES:

Students describe the effect of the Assessment Checklist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literacy
elements in dance they make, Histories and Cultures. Numeracy
perform and view and where and Self-Assessment/Reflection ICT Capability
why people dance. Asia and Australias Engagement Critical and Creative Thinking
with Asia. Personal and Social Capability
Students use the elements of Ethical Understanding
dance to make and perform dance Sustainability. Intercultural Understanding
sequences that demonstrate
fundamental movement skills to
represent ideas.

Students demonstrate safe


practice.

UNIT OUTLINE:
LESSON ONE: SAFE DANCE PRACTICES
Introduction: Introduce safe dance practices. Brainstorm how we need to keep ourselves safe
AIM OF LESSON: during dance in class discussion. (space, excitement levels, use body safely, give everything a go).
Introduce the safe dance practices that will
oversee this unit of dance. Introduce students to Warm Up: Warm Up dance sequence
the structure of our dance lessons. Warm up,
activity, dance sequence, cool down. Activity: Improvisational Dance Games
Musical Bobs
Dance like A
Image Cues
Dance Sequence Sun Comes Down

Cool Down stretch

LESSON TWO: LANGUAGE OF DANCE

AIM OF LESSON: Introduction: Introduce Dance Word Bank (see resource) explain how we can use these words in
Introduce students to the language we use in dance, discuss their meanings, have some students demonstrate the cues i.e. show us how to move
dance to describe, reflect, prompt and direct. forward/robotically/softly etc.
Start to integrate this language into
explorative/improvisational activities as well as Warm Up: Warm Up dance sequence
preparation of the dance sequence. Encourage
students to use this language in reflection and Activity: Improvisational Dance Games
throughout the remainder of this unit. Musical Bobs
Dance like A
Image Cues
Focus on using language from the dance word bank to prompt movement styles.

Dance Sequence Sun Comes Down

Cool Down stretch

LESSON THREE: IMPROVISATION/EXPLORATION

AIM OF LESSON: Warm Up: Warm Up dance sequence


Allow students to explore the improvisational
and creative element of dance through Activity: Improvisational Dance Games
activities and freestyle choreography. Introduce Musical Bobs
freestyle section of the dance sequence. Dance Poses
Dance like A using dance word bank.
Image Cues
Focus on freestyle dance during activities continue with inclusion of dance language from our
dance word bank.

Dance Sequence Sun Comes Down


Introduce freestyle section

Cool Down stretch


LESSON FOUR: PERFORMANCE (CONTROL, COMMITMENT, CONCENTRATION)

AIM OF LESSON: Introduction: Watch freestyle/performance dance videos. As a class use dance word bank and
Conclude the lesson drawing together the base Dance Reflection on SMART board (see resources) to reflect on the videos, dance style and what
of dance knowledge we have built in this unit to makes a good performance. Introduce concept of bringing control, commitment and
A. reflect on performance and B. perform the concentration to your performance. Discuss also what makes a good audience.
dance sequence we have been learning in Indigenous Dance video included here (cross-curriculum priority).
small groups.
Warm Up: Warm Up dance sequence

Dance Sequence Sun Comes Down


Complete Routine.

In 2-3 smaller groups. Perform the dance sequence to one another.


ASSESMENT CHECKLIST
STUDENTS SELF-ASSESS/REFLECT ON ONE REFLECTION POINT FOR THEIR GROUP.