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Perform dances using expressive skills to communicate ideas, including telling cultural or community stories


  • using expressive skills of projection and focus to communicate dance ideas to an audience (school assembly, community festival, etc.); for example, looking out and up to the ceiling and extending movements outwards to express a feeling of joy (Skills: Personal and Social Capability)
  • exploring the elements of dance to communicate ideas clearly, such as telling cultural stories in a dance with or without music; for example, travelling lightly using hands and feet to represent a bilby, or skipping vigorously and at a high level to express joy, or rolling softly on the floor using different body shapes to represent shells washed by the sea (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • Considering viewpoints - meanings and interpretations: For example - Is there a story in the dance? How are you using grouping or pathways to communicate ideas or intentions in your dance?)
  • rehearsing and presenting an appropriate dance to celebrate and appreciate diversity of cultures, based on research into dance tradition, in the school or at a local community event (Skills: Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • presenting their dance using internet-based technologies (Skills: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Personal and Social Capability)
  • respecting other students’ dancing when dancing and being an attentive audience member (Skills: Personal and Social Capability)

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