Through sequenced dance activities students increase their understanding and accomplishment in dance and learn to appreciate the meaning and values dance offers personally, culturally and as a form of communication.
The Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus outlines the scope for dance in performing, composing and appreciating. Programs should provide opportunities for students to engage with the elements of dance through a range of contexts – ideally by integrating performance, composition and appreciation.
The following resources may also assist with the programming of dance in primary schools.
Early Stage 1
This unit introduces students to shape, locomotor activity and the use of space. They will experiment with everyday movements, linking these together in a sequence. Students will also experience being an audience member and describe what they see.
In this unit students create dance movements and sequences – both individually and collaboratively – using the stimulus of water.
An understanding of cultural and historical dances is clearly developed in this unit. Students perform a familiar dance, which they then manipulate to create an original dance based on bush dance steps.
Tap … stomp is based on the characteristics of contemporary tap dancing. Students compose and perform dances, using rhythm, sound, percussion and everyday objects, often in non–traditional performing spaces. This unit could also form the basis of a unit to study African, South American or Native North American cultures.
Experimentation with the elements of space and time are the focus of this unit. Students explore shape and develop movement by experimenting with size, dimension, pathway and volume. This further develops numeracy skills and an understanding of creating dance using abstract ideas.