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Crazy Capers

Crazy Capers

This unit is inspired by Looney Tunes Cartoons.
Pupils will explore common features of cartoons, such as the suspension of reality, the indestructible nature of the characters, the sticky situations they encounter and how, eventually, good always triumphs over bad.

This theme is accessible. Great fun and will instantly engage the pupils. The content is action packed and demands a high level of energy, plus pupils will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create and interpret various cartoon storylines. Throughout the unit, pupils work on creating dances based on cartoons.


Technical skills—The unit focuses on refining and developing technical skills in a variety of basic whole body actions. The attention to characterisation and concentration on extreme dynamic contrasts develops pupils’ expressive skills.


Choreographically, pupils concentrate on creating and developing movements that relate to the themes of the cartoons, structuring a simple narrative duet and using dynamic contrast to enhance communication of the dance idea. As they work, they identify and interpret the storyline of various cartoons, explain their choice of actions in relation to the dance idea and describe what they see using descriptive and dynamic vocabulary.
Includes worksheets, set dance, full lesson plans, scheme of work.

  • Full scheme of work

    Lesson Objectives & Activities:


    Lesson 1: To develop & identify key characteristics of cartoons. To develop appropriate language to describe the cartoon action and dynamics. To develop technical skills in the five basic body actions. Activities - Teacher introduction and look forward to the coming weeks Watch cartoon Looney Tunes. Warm-up. Dance vocabulary. Learning of set study.


    Lesson 2: To combine and demonstrate body actions with fluency and control. To refine and perform the set study with clarity, precision and as a member of a group. To develop and apply evaluative skills. Activities - Warm-up. Rehearse and perform the set study. Identify action / dynamics. Evaluate others' performance.


    Lesson 3: To further develop and perform technical and creative skills. To combine and demonstrate body actions with clarity, precision and in the correct style. To develop their compositional skills. Activities - Warm-up. To compose a routine using a set scenario. Use a storyboard to plot and plan their work.


    Lesson 4: To perform the movement that relates to the dance idea in an appropriate style. To show the range of dynamics and clarity of body shapes to help support their story. To accurately evaluate their own work based on the specific criteria. Activities - Warm-up. Rehearsal of composition. Performance of composition. Evaluation of composition.


    Lesson 5: To rehearse the movement that relates to the new stimuli in an appropriate style. To show good movement memory, managing to perform their dance, sustaining the illusion of their new set stimuli. To evoke the appropriate mood and emotions. Activities - Warm-up. Introduction of Christopher Bruce and the similarities between Peggy Gordon and animated movement. Choreography of animated movement in the style of Bruce Rehearsal.


    Lesson 6: Perform with confidence in front of another couple. Learn how to use gestures to support a story line and put across their creative ideas. Create movement phrases using an appropriate exaggerated style to tell a story Recognise, select and refine suitable movement material. Phrase their movement vocabulary in a sensitive manner, so that it goes beyond the point of pure mime. Activities - Warm-up. Performance of dance piece to class and peers for evaluation.

  • Includes:

    • Worksheets
    • Set dance
    • Full lesson plans
    • Scheme of work