Inspired by professional dance works, Petrushka, River dance and Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
The unit makes cross-curricular links with music and history taking on a social and cultural theme and setting.
The unit focuses developing an awareness of social/folk dance in a cultural context.
- Technical skills Introduction to folk dance technique using a Russian theme. Development of characterisation. Transference of their technical skills to typical Russian dance structures.
- Expressive skills Pupils will be asked to play contrasting roles, taking on a variety of roles depicting characters at the social setting of a fairground, as in Petrushka. Use of focus and facial expression to assist in the telling of a narrative and to support the mood of the dance.
- 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 the professional performance, they will discuss the social and cultural influences surrounding the event gaining a greater awareness of the influences of folk dance throughout Europe. The work will also introduce students to a basic knowledge and understanding of the development and changes in Ballet in the early 20th Century. Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes etc.
Full scheme of work
Lesson Objectives & Activities:
Lesson 1: To develop awareness of the development of Classical Ballet and the influence of Fokine. To introduce them to the story of Petrushka. To develop awareness of the use of folk dance in a social and cultural setting To introduce the students to a new technique. To develop their performance skills by developing a specific sense of style, Russian characteristics. Activities - Teacher introduction and look forward to the coming weeks Receive background information on Fokine. Watch excerpts from Petrushka, Riverdance and Fantasia, identify similar characteristics. Learn 2/3 steps. Then link and adapt steps using unison, canon and changes of facings.
Lesson 2: To introduce the students to a new technique. To develop their performance skills by developing a specific sense of style, Russian characteristics. To be able to apply the Russian steps in a larger group situation, to a variety of set patterns and formations. To be aware of space and timing in relation to other dancers and the musical accompaniment. Activities - Warm-up In groups, even numbers, 4,6 or 8. Students create patterns and move from 1—2– 3 etc. Learn remaining steps. Then apply steps to group formations. Watch supporting examples. Demonstration of how this could be achieved. Perform one group at a time.
Lesson 3: To be able to apply the Russian steps in a larger group situation, to a variety of set patterns and formations. To be aware of space and timing in relation to other dancers and the music. Activities - Continue to apply steps to group formations. Watch supporting examples. Demonstration of how this could be achieved. Perform one group at a time.
Lesson 4: To be able to refine and clean their Russian technique ensuring they encapsulate the correct style. To further develop their group dance by. To be able to apply the Russian steps in a larger group situation, to a variety of set patterns and formations. To be aware of space and timing in relation to other dancers and the music. Activities - Warm-up Structure their dances to accommodate changing patterns, technical steps, beating time and athletic demonstration of solo or duet skill Use the musical time structure appropriately showing an awareness of phrases, counts and tempo. Move from pattern to pattern in a smooth, fluent manner. Rehearsal.
Lesson 5: To develop knowledge and understanding of gesture and mime. To be able to communicate a character and narrative to an audience through gesture and mime. Activities - Warm-up Revisit video of Petrushka, how many characters can you identify? In duets or small groups create a short mime which reflects character and gives a brief narrative. Offer ideas based on the original work but students can go beyond this as long as it's relevant.
Lesson 6: Perform with confidence in front of another group. Learn how to use gestures to support a story line and put across their creative ideas. Create movement phrases using an appropriate Russian style Recognise, select and refine suitable movement phrase their movement in a sensitive manner. Activities - Warm-up. Rehearsal and refinement of choreographic pieces Performance of dance piece to class and peers for evaluation.
- Full Scheme of Work
- Full Lesson Plans
- Set steps
- Russian patterns