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Academic dance

As part of our Education Subscription you can access a range of lesson plans for Primary School and Secondary School Dance Syllabi. These lessons utilise content in each Dancetrain issue and are designed to assist you in your planning, preparation and engagement of students.
You will also find Teacher Professional Learning activities that can assist you in maintaining accreditation and improving your practice as a dance teacher.



Layering Teacher Identified PL
Teacher reads the Layering Article in Dancetrain (Nov/Dec 2019). Teacher will then complete a series of assessment/reflection tasks on their students dance technique skills. They then backwards map a sequence of learning to prepare them for complex movement skills. This is aimed at meeting students’ need and also as a model of safe dance training for students.
Layering Professional Learning Activity

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Stage 5 Relationships
This lesson aims to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the relationships on stage, specifically spatial and timing relationships. After reading the about various choreographic relationships in Dancetrain Relationships article (Nov/Dec 2019), students experiment with various combinations of relationships using known choreography as a base.
Stage 5 Relationships Lesson Plan

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Stage 3 Spatial Relationship
This lesson gives students the opportunity to compose movement using various spatial relationships. Using the Relationships article in Dancetrain (Nov/Dec 2019) as a teacher reference, students are guided through improvisation based on spatial relationships and building their understanding of Dance terminology. Students share their work and evaluate analyse the work of their peers.
Stage 3 Spatial Relationship Lesson Plan

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Sarabande – Jiri Kylian
This lesson aims to develop students’ knowledge of Kylian’s influences and choreographic style, via the Sarabande – Jiri Kylian Dancetrain article. It also allows students to improve their movement descriptions and link their interpretations to Kylian’s stated intentions and comments on his own work & practice.
Stage 6 Jiri Kylian Dancetrain Lesson Plan

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Fine Line – Sue Healey
This lesson is a good introduction to Dance Film for students considering Major Study Film & Technology or for students to conduct a dance analysis in their Preliminary HSC Studies. Students use the Sue Healey Fine Line Dancetrain article to gain insight into Healey’s practice as a dance artist in the film medium. They also find examples of symbols and metaphors seen in the work from issues that Healey experiences an artist. Students are then asked to consider how they might represent these themes in their own way.
Stage 6 Fine Line Sue Healey Dancetrain Lesson Plan

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Terrain – Frances Rings
This lesson aims to develop students’ knowledge of Frances Rings’ cultural influences that are seen in Terrain. Students use the Frances Rings Dancetrain article to gain insight into Rings’ inspiration and choreographic influences. Students develop an extended response to a question regarding indigenous people’s connection to country and how this is seen in the work Terrain.
Stage 6 Frances Rings – Terrain Dancetrain Lesson Plan

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Choreographic Toolkit Teacher Identified PL
Teacher reads the Choreographic Toolkit Article in Dancetrain and the accompanying lesson plan relevant to their students’ stage. – Stage 3 Space Composition Dancetrain Lesson or Stage 6 Choreographic Toolkit Dancetrain Lesson Plan (Issue Sep/Oct 2019). Teacher will then complete a series of reflection tasks on their own choreographic practice and use these to refine their practice to meet their students’ need and also as a model of reflective practice for students.
Choreographic Toolkit Professional Learning Activity

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Space Composition
This lesson gives students the opportunity to compose movement based on a stimulus. Using the Choreographic Toolkit article (Sep/Oct 2019) as a teacher reference, student are guided through improvisation based on elements of dance that are derived from the solar system. This lesson can then be built on, where the teacher structures movements sequences created by students to compose a small class dance work.
Stage 3 Space Composition

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Balances
This lesson is aimed at improving students dance technique, safe dance practice and performance quality, utilising the Dynamic Alignment article in Dancetrain (Issue Jul/Aug 2019) as a resource for teachers and students. It also looks at how different styles of dance utilise balances to communicate meaning to an audience.
Stage 3 Dance Balances Dancetrain Lesson Plan

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Dynamic Alignment
This lesson aims to improve students understanding of the complex nature of alignment in frequent shifts of weight. After reviewing the Dynamic Alignment Article in Dancetrain (Issue Jul/Aug 2019), students identify common alignment faults in their anatomical structure and practice unpacking alignment through practical and verbal descriptions.
Stage 6 Dynamic Alignment Dancetrain Lesson Plan

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Dynamic Alignment Teacher Identified PL
Teacher read the Dynamic Alignment Article in Dancetrain and the accompanying lesson plan relevant to their students’ stage. – Stage 3 Dance Balances Dancetrain or Stage 6 Dynamic Alignment Dancetrain Lesson Plan (Issue Jul/Aug 2019). Teacher is then able to set specific plans for individual students in regards to training, and goals to improve their dance technique.
Dynamic Alignment Teacher PL Activity

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Choreographic Toolkit
This lesson aims to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the choreographic process, its challenges and the importance of planning, reflecting and recording their creative process. After reading the about various choreographic tools in the Dancetrain Choreographic Toolkit article (Sep/Oct 2019), students reflect on their experience with the various choreographers and create a time sensitive plan for their choreographic projects.
Stage 5 Choreographic Toolkit Lesson Plan

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