Taster - Lesson 2: Perfomance Skills

60 mins


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

From your previous lesson, you now have some really useful movement that can go in your dance. This week you will finish your dance so it is ready for performance!

    During this lesson you will have created another section of movement for your dance. So now you will have two different sections of movement, both of which explore conflict.

    Part of creating a whole dance involves the process of structuring movement. All this means is that you have to decide what order you want to place the movement patterns in. There is a suggested structure for this dance in this lesson plan but of course you can make whatever decisions you and your dancers think are best.


    • To understand how we can use space by travelling the movement patterns we devise.
    • To develop an awareness of others when travelling in space. 
    • To film and perform their dance as it has developed so far and critically evaluate the material.
    • To develop collaborative skills.
    • To understand how to structure your dance.


    • English: To reflect on their performance so far, giving rich and constructive feedback to support others as well as themselves.
    • English: To give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
    • English: To participate in discussions, moments of performance and improvisations. 
    • PE: To master basic movements, as well as developing flexibility, strength, agility, balance and co-ordination in a range of activities. They will also become familiar with moving to music. 
    • PSHE: To perform publicly; acknowledging emotions before, during and after a performance.

  • Nutcracker Video: Performance Skills

    10 mins

    Radzi recaps on what we've learned so far and gets some final tips from the professionals, including former Royal Ballet Principal, Darcey Bussell.

  • Give the dancers time to review all the work they have created. It’s useful at this stage of the process to set a warm up task that allows the dancers to think about their performance skills, to extend movement and create clarity of intention.

  • Really key to a good performance is the clarity with which the movements are performed. As well as giving your dancers time to perform the dance in its entirety several times, this final lesson is about helping your dancers achieve a good performance state.

  • Creative Exploration: Piecing it All Together

    10 mins

    This exercise will help you rehearse and bring all the elements you have been working on together.

  • During the Creative Exploration: Final Rehearsal, you will have filmed your performance. Play it back to the group and get each dancer to reflect on their performance as they have done for each other during the previous weeks.

    The most important thing when it comes to a good performance is ENJOYMENT! Hopefully given that your dancers have made this dance, they will be invested in it and therefore they will enjoy showing if off. Tell them how fantastic it looks and if you get the chance, get another class teacher or another class to come and watch them and feedback before the main event. This will help to boost their confidence.

  • Performance and Evaluation

    10 mins

    Make time during every session to look at as much of the work created as possible. It’s great for the dancers to be able to see everyone’s responses to the tasks set, and it also gives you time to think about what is working and which direction you want to take the dance.

  • Ballet Cool Down

    5 mins

    The purpose of the cool down each week is to lower the heart rate and focus the children at the end of an exciting lesson.

  • Plenary

    5 mins

    Make time at the end of every session to discuss the learning outcomes of the lesson.