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Create and Dance Nutcracker Taster
In this taster course, introduce your class to the story of The Nutcracker, learn how to warm up the body, and stage a scene.
During this taster course you will take your dancers through two dance sessions that will help you establish and develop movement patterns and character. Once you have completed this course you will have your very own piece of choreography.
We do not expect you to cover all of the learning objectives and activities suggested in the scheme of work. There is a lot of scope for differentiation, and cross-curricular work in other lessons, to complement the students understanding of creative dance.
As the lessons progress, you may wish to incorporate recap time into each lesson. The timings suggested are simply a guide.
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!
Aims of this two-lesson course:
- You will create a dance with your dancers based on the theme of conflict.
- You will explore the Nutcracker/ soldiers and Mouse King/mice characters from The Nutcracker and use their movement as inspiration for your dance.
- You will introduce various activities to your dancers that will encourage them to respond creatively both individually and collaboratively.
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 might be. It doesn’t have to be a theatre. A school hall, a classroom, the yard or school field are all possible performance venues. As a small-scale project, this might work well in a school assembly or another school event such as a summer fête, a Christmas show or even a less formal performance offered up to another year group in a classroom.
Please note, in these films there are references to additional features of the Immersive course. If you are interested to explore these further, you’ll find the course here.