Dance to Success

Dance lends itself to in depth analysis, create / review / re-do. By the is more to just watching the dances of others. Self assessment can be very powerful in influencing progress in dance choreography and performance skills.

Year 8 students have been completing a programme of work based around the film Grease. The group within this post were a low ability group, some with poor movement and coordination.

The connect activity involved brainstorming words that linked to the video of the track grease lightening.

We then looked at learning a chorus routine. The movement base was teacher led and students were asked to replicate movements. After a number of practice runs the group were videoed as a class.

This video then formed the basis for personal and group feedback. As a class we analysed the video spotting ares of strength and weakness using coach my video.

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Students then used photo babble to give personal feedback to peers. Each student had to give verbal feedback on the app to their partner to go away and improve upon from the aspects discussed as a group. Students were then given the opportunity to improve their work.

Time for SOLO
Using solo criteria students were asked to grade themselves using solo criteria.

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Students who graded themselves as relational or above we’re allocated the role of support mentor to those who had graded themselves pre / uni or multistructural.

Prestructural and Unistructural students were given a video to follow showing the perfect model of the linked movements and given time to practice

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When they felt confident in the movements they moved onto station 2 – multistructural where they had a support mentor to help them apply the movements to the correct timing and refine any small aesthetic points ( e.g. Tension of limbs / performance features).

At the end of the independent study time we videoed the class again and went through the whole analysis process again.

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After watching the video and listening to the second analysis feedback students were then asked to record which solo level they were now working at.

From this point it’s creative freestyle and the process starts again # lovefeedback #loveprogress

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