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.
Welcome to Create & Dance Nutcracker! During this taster course you will take your class through two dance sessions that will help you establish and develop movement patterns and character. Once you and your class have completed this programme you will have your very own piece of choreography.
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!
Aims of this two-lesson course:
- You will create a dance a with your class based on the theme of conflict.
- You will explore the soldier and Mouse King/mice characters from The Nutcracker and use their movement as inspiration for your dance.
- You will introduce various activities to your class that will encourage your children to respond creatively both individually and collaboratively, to ideas around conflict.
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.
The two lessons are accompanied by a film, taken from The Nutcracker Immersive course, which you can watch with your pupils and will help to support and enhance your creative process. In these films, you will meet key people who work at the Royal Opera House, including professional ballet dancers, and you will be helped to think about important strategies that will help you and your children create a really successful dance.
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.