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Thinking about Choreography - Years 1-10

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Finding something appropriate to say about a piece of student choreography can sometimes be difficult! Here are some feedback/feed forward questions and statements for teachers to discuss with students to further develop dance choreography and performance. The questions and statements have been written for Years 1-6 and Years 7-10, but some may be appropriate for either group.

Years 1-6
Choreography
  1. Show me a way that you can make one of your moves as big as possible.
  2. Show me a way that you can make one of your moves as small as possible.
  3. Find another way to travel to that spot.
  4. I wonder if you can all travel in different ways to that spot.
  5. Show me a way that you can be closer to the floor when you perform that move.
  6. What happens when you move up and down and up and down to travel to that spot?
  7. How can you make that move very exciting?
  8. How many different ways can you find to travel across the room?
  9. Show me how slowly you can perform your dance.
  10. Pretend that you are very tired when you perform your dance
  11. Pretend that you are carrying a very heavy school bag when you perform your dance.
  12. Pretend that you are as light as a feather when you perform your dance.
  13. What happens when you perform that move kneeling instead of standing up?
  14. Can you still travel when you are lying down? Find a way.
Performance

Questions for students as audience members:

  1. How did the dancers begin their dance?
  2. What did the dancers do during their dance?
  3. When did they change levels in the dance?
  4. How did they change levels?
  5. What kinds of locomotor (travelling) movement did they perform?

Questions for students as performers:

  1. How far did you travel in your dance? Find a place where you could have moved further away from each other.
  2. What pathway did you follow?
  3. When were you moving on the spot in your dance?
  4. When did you perform the same movements at the same time? This is called UNISON.
  5. When were you all performing different movements?
  6. How could you make your moves even bigger and clearer?
Years 7-10
Choreography
  1. Find one movement that you could make more exciting.
  2. Find one movement that could be performed in the opposite direction?
  3. Find one movement that could be performed on a different level?
  4. What different body parts could you use to perform a movement?
  5. Find a movement or shape that you can embellish (make fancy; add detail).
  6. Find a movement or shape that you can augment (make bigger in time or space).
  7. You have some repeated movements in your sequence. See if you can include another movement or make the repeated move a little different.
  8. See if you can perform that move in slow motion.
  9. See what happens when you reach out or extend as far as possible when you perform that move.
  10. I wonder if you can all use the same locomotor movement but travel on different pathways to that spot.
  11. What would happen if you all started in different places?
  12. What would happen if you all started your dance at different times?
  13. What would happen if you all started the dance facing in different directions?
  14. See what happens when you perform your sequence twice, but make the second time a little different.
  15. What is your most interesting move? What makes it interesting?
Performance
  1. Take turns to sit and watch your group perform their dance. What could they do to improve their performance?
  2. Where should your focus be in the dance?
  3. See if there is a moment in your dance when you focus out to the audience and try to engage them in your performance.
  4. What facial expression would suit your dance? See what happens when you: smile; glare; frown as you perform your dance.
  5. See if you can remember the dance without looking at the other dancers.
  6. What could you do if you think you are going to laugh during your dance? Possible discussion points/responses: Bite your bottom lip (gently!); focus on the back of the room; keep your focus away from your friends; think only about your dance moves; be proud of your dance!
  7. What is the appropriate posture for the dancers in your dance? If the appropriate posture is upright: "Try to keep your shoulders and belly button far apart as you walk forward".
  8. If appropriate for the dance style: "Try to extend your legs and toes in your elevated moves�. "Stretch your toes down to the floor when you jump up in the air".
  9. Find some ways to make your dance flow smoothly from one part into the next.
  10. See if you hold your final shape for 5 seconds before you move off the dance area.

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