Exploring Cultural Dance

For students of 9th to 9th grade.

Learning Area(s) Dance 	
Band / Year / Class Year 9	
Duration 1x 50 minutes Lessons 
Prior Knowledge: History of Jazz and Ballet.
Teacher Miss. Claudia Moldovan
Topic     -  Exploring Cultural Dance

Overview Statement
Students will explore styles of dance in the context of culture, from around the world.

General objectives for Lesson:
•	Students to understand concept of dance and culture.
•	Students are to identify different dance styles and the countries, which they were formed.
•	Students to gain a better understanding of dance styles, methods, performance and technique of dances from other cultures. 	ACARA Content Descriptions:
10.7 Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance-making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts

ACARA Cross-Curriculum Priorities:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
We will look at Bangarra Dance Theatre, as well as Descendance dance theatre, as well as explore traditional Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander dance culture. 
 	Assessment / evidence:
•	Homework Research Task (summative)
ACARA Content Elaborations: 
10.7.1 investigating the influence of Australian dance artists, companies and practices, including Australians who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those of Asian heritage
10.7.4 investigating the practices and traditions in dance and how people are influenced by their histories, societies, cultures and environments
10.7.5 exploring dance from different viewpoints, for example, analysing philosophies and ideologies that inform dance making in various societies and cultures	ACARA General Capabilities:
ICU: Intercultural Understanding
•	Develop Indigenous cultural understanding as they view dance works by Indigenous Australian companies/tribes.
•	Develop understanding on new dance styles and its correlation to culture.

Assessment Methods 

Homework: Research Task (summative): 
Students to choose one global dance style and write a 500-research paper with reference to the culture it exists from. Students must make mention to music, costumes and any and any historical significances. 

Lesson One, 50 mins	Teaching Points	Learning Points
Objectives	•	Introduce Concept of Culture and Cultural Representation in Photography.
•	 Assess Prior Knowledge; Brainstorm a range of dance styles and which countries they come from.
•	Introduce various examples of global dances. 	•	Students to learn about new dance styles and which countries they come from.
•	Students to begin identifying costumes, music, traditions etc. 
•	Students to research cultural and historical significances of cultural dance.
Lessons Outline	Introduction to topic: 
State the outcome of the lesson, and open with a class brainstorm of different styles of dance. E.g hula dancing from Hawaii etc. 
Write brainstorm on the smart board. 
Time Allocated: 10mins. 
Indigenous Dance
Research: Class will have a set amount of time to choose a cultural dance and research information regarding its culture, origin, costume, history, music, key elements.
Time Allocated: 25mins
Class Discussion:
Students will need to present their example to the class and state why they selected that dance style. 
Time Allocated: Remainder of Lesson
Resources	Computers 
Smart Board 
Videos Relating to subject:

Homework	Write 500 words research paper, highlighting the key elements of the chosen cultural dance. Discuss music, costume, history, key movements. Include pictures or video.
Assessment	Review homework to ensure students have grasped concept.
Contingency Plan	Students could work in pairs to research example. 
Use another dance style other then Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander. Using something unfamiliar such as ‘The Haka’ to give a more deeper understanding of the topic.