Create and Dance is generously supported by The Sackler Trust
Create and Dance Nutcracker Immersive
Join Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, as he goes on a ten-week journey with The Royal Ballet into Sir Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker. During this course you'll take your class through motif-development, character dancing and performance skills - completing the programme with your very own piece of choreography to submit for the Creative Challenge.
The project includes:
A practical training day run in different areas of England, to guide you through the process of creating a short, original performance with your students.
A 10-lesson scheme of work, aligned to the National Curriculum, supported by digital content. This scheme of work is designed to be used alongside a series of nine short films, for you to show in the classroom at the beginning of each weekly lesson. The films are stimuli to the creative process, introducing The Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker and a range of dance techniques. It also contains curriculum link ideas for you to consider in the classroom and links to additional online resources, which you may find inspiring. As you go through the instructions that make up the lesson plans, you will notice that the class participants 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!
A Creative Challenge - the final dance can be entered into a competition to win tickets to the ballet or a workshop in school. Midway through, you will submit footage of your dance so far to the Royal Opera House, with a brief description of how you have interpreted your chosen theme. You will then receive feedback from experts in the field to assist your class in their preparation for the final submission. This is also a good opportunity to ask for help on specific sections of your dance that you may need guidance/advice with.
A cinema screening of the ballet The Nutcracker.
The winners of the Creative Challenge come to the Royal Opera House to watch a live performance of a ballet, along with regional winners receiving a workshop by ROH practitioners.
You and your dancers are tasked with creating a dance of no more than five minutes based on one of the themes below from The Nutcracker:
- Visiting faraway lands
- Transformed by magic
- Let the battle commence
The core focus of this activity is creative dance. We have made suggestions about the theme and the choice of music you might use to allow you to keep your focus on the development and creation of your dance. How you manage to develop your ideas in your dance will be the most important part of the process.
Let the challenge commence!
This programme costs £150 for 1 teacher and a class of 30 to take part.
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