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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.



Review of Dance Teachers’ Practice
Teachers will read and reflect on the interviews with exemplary dance teachers – Paul Boyd p18-20, Brett Morgan p22&23 & Gillian Revie p32 of SepOct 2020 issue of Dancetrain. Teachers develop a review of their educational values and how these translate to the teaching standards. They conclude by developing their own mission statement that summarises their teaching practice.
Dancetrain-Teacher-Professional-Learning-Activity-Dance-Teacher-perspectives-SepOct2020-p182232.pdf
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Seminal Artist Study
Using interviews with Akram Khan & Meryl Tankard in the SCHOOLIES section on p56-64 of the SepOct2020 Dancetrain issue, students are guided to develop paragraphs that link examples and features of the artists’ work with the statements made in their interview. These can then be used to develop an essay response or report on their chosen choreographer.
Stage 6 – Seminal Artist study Dancetrain Lesson Plan SepOct 2020 p56-64.pdf
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Alignment
Students will revise alignment and create their own fact sheet about alignment in relation to specific movements or positions in their class dance. They will use the SepOct2020 Dancetrain issueBODYWISE “Alignment” article on P50-51 as an example and consider the safe dance implications of poor alignment and training to correct alignment in their fact sheet.
Stage-5-Alignment-Dancetrain-Lesson-Plan-SepOct-2020-p50-51.pdf
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Ankle Sprain
Teachers will read and reflect on the BODYWISE – Ankle Sprains p48,49 article in JulAug 2020 issue of Dancetrain. Teachers develop a survey and analyse the data gathered to identify strategies needed to support students experiencing ankle injuries. Teachers are guided to contact local Physiotherapists to develop ankle exercises and appropriate equipment for student.
Ankle Sprain.pdf
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Australian Choreographers in the Pandemic
Using information in the NOW article on p34-37 of the JulAug2020 Dancetrain issue, Students research and build a choreographer/company profile of current Australian Dance artists. They analyse samples of the work they have developed during the pandemic and present this to their peers.
Australian Choreographers in the Pandemic.pdf
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What is a Phrase?
Students will identify the structure of a phrase within choreography they have previously learned. They compare a phrase to the structure of a sentence. Teachers develop key notes for students to use from the JulAug2020 Dancetrain issue – Schoolies Article on p58 & 59 “The Art of Choreography” to assist students in developing their own phrases.
What is a Phrase?.pdf
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Teaching @home
Teachers will read and reflect on the BODYWISE – Safe @home p46,47 & Taking Your Course Online p64,65 articles in MayJun 2020 issue of Dancetrain. Teachers develop and review a survey to assist in improving engagement and learning experience of the students and parents.
Teaching @home.pdf
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Dance as an Artform
Students read and reflect on the “Thinking Big” article on p2&3 of the MayJun2020 issue of Dancetrain. Students discuss the purpose of art in contemporary society. Students articulate and discuss their perspectives on this topic in and extended response. This is Suitable for Stage 6 students.
Dance as an Artform.pdf
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Foot & Ankle
Students investigate the anatomy of the Foot and ankle using the Bodywise article on p42,43 of the MayJun 2020 issue of Dancetrain. They record and review video footage of the moving foot and ankle in various alignments and identify goals to improve their technique. This is Suitable for Stage 5 students.
Foot & Ankle.pdf
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Personal Space
Students will explore, improvise and respond to a stimulus, generating movement within their own personal space – The Kinesphere. Students look at various images in the MayJun2020 issue of Dancetrain and identify various shapes that work within the kinesphere to express movement. This is Suitable for Stage 3 & 4 students.
Personal Space.pdf
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Dance Fitness Blog
Students explore and review a variety of Dance Blogs. They are given a selection of Dance Fitness and training concepts and develop their own blogs based on their chosen concepts. Students also review the sources of their information. This task includes a marking guideline. This is Suitable for Stage 5 students.
Dance Fitness Blog.pdf
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Learning from Home and Video Conferencing
Teachers will engage in discussion about Learning from Home Scenarios with colleagues on digital professional networks. Teachers will develop their own guidelines for themselves and students to adhere to provide safe and ethical use of ITC while learning from home.
Learning from Home and Video Conferencing.pdf
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Dance Museum or Festival
Students have the opportunity to curate their own Museum for dance or Dance Festival in a digital presentation. They select a theme and build a collection of images, videos or websites, recording their own responses to them and crediting the arts who created the work/photos. Students share their work with their peers and comment on each other’s work. This is suitable for Stage 3, 4 & 5 students.
Dance Museum or Festival.pdf
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Dance Professional Learning Plan Teacher Identified Professional Learning
Teacher reads the Professional Learning article in Dancetrain (Mar/Apr 2020). Teacher will then complete a series of analysis and goal setting tasks for the year ahead. They then backwards map a sequence of milestones to reach their identified professional learning goals.
Dance Professional Learning Plan – Teacher Professional Learning Activity.pdf

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Connecting with your Concept/Intent
This lesson aims to improve student’s ability to refine their Concept/Intent for either their Major Study Performance, Core Composition or Major Study Composition or Film & Technology. It also helps students articulate their interpretation of the concept/intent for the audience. Students use the Dancetrain Schoolies article (Mar/Apr 2020) as a foundation for this lesson
Stage 6 Connecting with your Concept/Intent Plan.pdf

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Style Ideas
This lesson gives students the opportunity to identify different styles and compose a sequence of movement using various images in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of Dancetrain. Students build a work bank and share their work with their peers.
Stage 2 Style Ideas Lesson Plan.pdf

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Engaging Boys in Dance Teacher Identified PL
Teacher reads the Facilitating Dance in a Boys School Article (Jan/Feb 2020). Teacher will then complete a series of reflection tasks on their resources, programs and study other teacher strategies to engage boys in dance Education. Other academic readings have been suggested to support this task.
Engaging Boys in Dance Teacher PL Activity

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Describing Dance – Secondary
This lesson gives students the opportunity to develop their writing on set Dance works. Using The Art of Describing Dance article (Jan/Feb 2020), student are guided through a series of tasks to review writing work samples and build their use of metaphors and similes to enhance their dance writing and become more efficient dance essay writers.
Stage 6 Describing Dance

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Describing Dance – Primary
This lesson gives students the opportunity to develop their vocabulary for describing dance. Using The Art of Describing Dance article (Jan/Feb 2020) as a teacher reference, student are guided through a series of tasks to build their use of verbs and adjectives to describe and interpret meaning in Contemporary Dance.
Stage 3 Describing Dance

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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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