Create and Dance Alice Explorer

During this course you'll take your class through the basics of motif-development and character dancing - completing the programme with your very own piece of choreography.

This is the start of your five-lesson project. Although there are five lesson plans offered, this can be delivered across any timeframe (it could be five days or five weeks).

Each of the lessons is accompanied by a film, which will support and enhance your creative process. In these films, members of The Royal Ballet will share important strategies that will help you and your children create a successful dance.

As you go through the lesson plans, you will notice that your students are referred to as dancers. Everyone involved in this project will be a dancer and at times a choreographer. You, the teacher, will be the creative director!

Before you begin working with your dancers, think of where your dance will be performed as a conclusion to the project. Think creatively about where this performance can take place – it doesn’t have to be in a theatre. A school hall, a classroom, the yard or school field are all possible performance venues. The event might be a school assembly or summer fête, a Christmas show or even a less formal performance offered up to another year group in a classroom. You can then roll out the lessons with the chosen performance opportunity as the focus for the project.

You could think about hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, using cross-curricular links to embed the learning and compliment the sharing of your dance – please tell us about this as we are looking to visit some schools.

  • Explorer - Lesson 1: Getting Started: Down the Rabbit Hole

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    At the beginning of Alice’s adventure, she is distracted from her family outing by the sight of a White Rabbit scurrying down a hole. Alice is a curious and inquisitive character and cannot resist following the rabbit. Down she goes into the peculiar and fascinating wonderland. In this lesson you will be taking your class down the rabbit hole and developing movement patterns based on actions such as spiralling, turning and falling as well as looking at some movement gestures that are performed by the White Rabbit.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Down the Rabbit Hole
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Down the Rabbit Hole Command Game
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Down the Rabbit Hole
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Spiralling Shapes
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 2: Developing Movement Patterns: Meet the Characters – Let’s Race!

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will meet the Caterpillar and the Duchess to explore their use of ‘dynamics.’ You will then be introduced to dancers from the Caucus Race.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Meet the Characters – Let’s Race!
      10mins
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Meet the Characters
      5mins
    • Warm up – The Transformation Character Game
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Let’s Race!
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Spiralling Shapes
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 3: Exploring a Character: The Mad Hatter

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will meet the Mad Hatter and re-introduce the characters we have met so far for a tea party.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: The Mad Hatter
      10mins
    • Warm Up – The Mad Hatter’s Rhythm Circle
      5mins
    • Warm Up – The Mad Hatter’s Hat
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Hats and Jam Tarts
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 4: Working Together: The Queen of Hearts

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will meet the Queen of Hearts and play croquet.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: The Queen of Hearts
      10mins
    • Warm Up – The Queen of Hearts
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Croquet
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Queens and Hedgehogs
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Off With Your Head!
      10mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Hats and Jam Tarts
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 5: Rehearsal and Performance: Curtain Up!

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will reflect on the movement that has been created so far, structure a dance as a result, and think about your final performance.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Curtain Up!
      10mins
    • Ballet Warm Up: Performance Skills
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Structuring your Alice Dance
      20mins
    • The Final Performance
      20mins

Please complete the survey to take part in the programme and gain access to FREE participation certificates for your students – you will also have the opportunity to let us know when you are sharing your dance and whether you are hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Or you can email create&dance@roh.org.uk to find out more.

Create and Dance is generously supported by The Sackler Trust