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#Boysdancetoo

High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

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Community of Inquiry

 

 

1. As a small group of 4 - 5 students, listen to the following interview of Richard Fidler with David McAllister on the 5 November 2019  [50 minutes]

Conversations with Richard Fidler 5 November 2019

When David McAllister was a little boy growing up in Perth he would tuck tea towels into his undies and dance around in front of the TV.

He watched his own reflection, as he twirled, and leapt around the lounge room.

At 7, David went to his first ballet class at a suburban scout hall, and loved it right away.

But doing ballet was a kind of social death for a boy, in the 1970s in Western Australia.

David says the torment he went through at school helped to spur him on to become one of the best dancers of his generation.

After winning at place at the Australian Ballet School, he joined the Australian Ballet company in 1983.

One artistic director told him his nose was all wrong and he would never be cast as a prince, but he eventually danced many principal roles.

David was named as the Artistic Director in 2001, and he's been the longest-serving director of any in the Australian Ballet.

Next year [2020] he will retire after 37 years with the company.

 

2. Describe the prejudices faced by David at school and later in life.

3. What did David do [his strategies] to overcome these prejudices and comments from others? Could these strategies be helpful to someone facing the same prejudices today? Why? Why not? Give reasons.

4. In your group, read the following article from The Conversation 29 August 2019 Reading

The Conversation

5. List the steps that people have taken to encourage boys in the West to dance. Do you think they are effective?

6. Why do you think males in Japan are celebrated for their dancing?

7. Discussion

Discussion

Will the #boysdancetoo be effective in changing our culture's attitude to male dancers? What else can be done?

 

 

 

 

 

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Researching Dances

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary  


Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Intercultural Understanding
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

- LEARN A DANCE

Research and
learn a type of dance, i.e. Irish Jig, Box Step

Irish Jig

Irish Dance


Waltz
- MULITCULTURALISM: research dances from different countries

a. Africa

b. Europe

c. South American

World Cultural Dance


 - FESTIVALS: research dance competitions and festivals

a. So You Think You Can Dance

So you think you can dance

b. Australian Dance Festival

Australian Dance Festival

After you have research each of these 3 sections, present an overview of what you have learnt using Prezi.

Prezi

Prezi

 

Triple Step Stomp with video (Years 6 - 12)

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary


Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Gives instructions on how to perform this dance.

Triple Step Stomp
Dancing in 3's with video (Years 5 - 8)

 MiddleMiddle 

Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Dancing in 3s

(Source: PE Central - there are 150+ dances here)

WebQuests

Entertaining with Modern Dance

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ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Entertaining with Modern Dance

 

 

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