Would students be able to move their bodies in different ways to show movement and explain what dance elements they were using? Would they be able to work with others to choreograph dance movements and show relationships between them?
It started with making shapes with their bodies. Students were surprised that this was dance. Reluctant dancers realised that the idea of dance wasn't so scary after all, especially when they joined 3-4 movements together to create their first piece of dance choreography. From there, while movements remained the same, students had to incorporate different elements of dance into their choreography.
Next came the use of different body bases, mirroring, cannons, unison, unders and overs and so on. Suddenly, we had a room full of dancers.
Now that students could move like dancers and talk like dancers to describe their movements, Anna gave each group of students the freedom to create their own short piece of choreography. Each group would perform their dance as part of Summer Festival performance.
Our dance journey was challenging, fun and a successful one. Now, everyone can move like a dancer and talk like a dancer.
Room 2 would like to give a huge thank you to Anna for all the time and effort she put into our dance journey. She took the worry out of dance and showed us how easy it was to find the fun in it. Students wanted to share how she shaped their feelings towards dance.
Keywords: Journey of Dance, elements of dance, body shapes, mirroring, unison