This resource is recommended for Years 7 or 8.
Inspired by the all child musical Bugsy Malone, this unit acknowledges the popularity of musicals. It provides the opportunity for pupils to experience a lively and expressive dance form.
• The unit focuses on basic aspects of modern theatre technique and expression and portraying energy and correct tempo.
• Technical skills Introduction to modern theatre dance style. Transference of their technical skills to typical musical theatre dance structure. Introducing basic lifts.
• Expressive skills Use of focus and facial expression to support the mood of the dance. Use of correct timing and tempo to correctly depict the variance in the music.
• Choreographic skills pupils will reflect the structure of the dance work and the narrative. Pupils will use a variety of group sizes and relationships, with some opportunity solo, duet and trio work.
• Appreciation skills Pupils are provided with the opportunity to interpret and analyse Bugsy Malone and discuss this in the context of other more modern musicals. The work will also introduce students to a basic knowledge and understanding of the development and changes in musical theatre.
Full scheme of work
Lesson Objectives & Activities:
Lesson 1: To develop ability to identify the key characteristics of musicals. To introduce to Bugsy Malone and the use of dance within it. To acquire, develop and perform technical skills from modern theatre dance and through the learning of a ‘set study’. To develop performance skills by developing the specific sense of style. Activities - Teacher introduction and look forward to the coming weeks. Watch a video clip from Bugsy Malone. Learn a set piece based on the scene from Bugsy Malone. Identify moments in others performance where the characterisation is well expressed.
Lesson 2: To refine and perform the set study with clarity, precision and as a member of a group. To develop their compositional skills by developing their own set material. To develop and apply evaluative skills, commenting on the work of others, identifying their strengths and areas for development. Activities - Warm-up Rehearse and perform as a class the set study from lesson one. Provide an opportunity for students to rehearse any parts forgotten. Using the set study as a foundation, now adapt and develop the material further. Create a linked duet, where they dance with partners both together and apart.
Lesson 3: To refine and perform the set study with clarity, precision and as a member of a group. To develop their compositional skills by developing their own paired and lifting sequence. Activities - Warm-up Rehearse their set study and linked duet. Learn basic lifts being aware of the importance of safety and correct holds.
Lesson 4: To further develop compositional and rhythmical skills by devising a clapped sequence To develop and apply evaluative skills, commenting on the work of others, identifying their strengths and areas for development. Activities - Warm-up Perform duets, half a class at a time. Students to identify any developments, adaptations and devices used. Devise a basic clap sequence of varying levels. Introduce new sequences into the rest of their piece.
Lesson 5: To refine and perform the set study with clarity, precision and as a member of a group. To develop their compositional skills by developing their own diagonal travelling sequence. To further develop compositional and rhythmical skills by combining elements from previous lessons and incorporating freeze frames. Activities - Warm-up Learn basic travelling diagonal steps and explain how these can be adapted to create interest and different pathways. Pairs task/activity. Pupils will now include their own diagonal travelling steps to create interest. Try and include a freeze at some point in the piece.
Lesson 6: Perform with confidence in front of another group Recognise, select and refine suitable movement material into one whole piece. Phrase their movement vocabulary in a sensitive manner. Activities - Warm-up. Rehearse & Performance Be able to rehearse, refine and improve their own and others performances. Know how to work with a partner to adapt and develop the set study applying the basic modern theatre steps in both jazz and lyrical style Make constructive comment on the performance of others, relating their performance to the actions and dynamics seen in Bugsy, as well as comment on the concept of freeze frame
- Full Scheme of Work
- Full Lesson Plans
- Set Dance