KS1/2 Dance – What is High Quality Dance?

A dance teacher choreographs a dance piece on Ancient Egypt What is high quality dance? What does it look like and what sort of skills does it develop in pupils?

To help answer these questions, Bobbie Gargrave, dance advisory teacher for Barking and Dagenham, works with a Year 4 class from William Ford C of E Primary School, to choreograph a dance piece about Ancient Egypt that was originally developed over the course of 6 lessons.

In the programme, the dance is developed in five sections, representing the first five lessons, and lesson six is a performance of the whole piece. Throughout, Bobbie offers advice on lesson objectives, identifying levels and progress, and ways to encourage pupils to develop and learn.

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