Students in years Prep through to Years 4 participate in a series of Dance or Drama lessons once a week.
The Dance programs that are offered at Coomera are a great way to introduce students to a variety of dance styles from around the world whilst developing their fitness, flexibility and enhancing spatial awareness. The dance curriculum allows each student creative expression through dance, giving them the chance to create their own moves and routines.
Components of Dance Class includes:
• Warm up/Stretch- increasing the student’s heart rate through movement with dance games as well as flexibility and strength exercises.
• Dance Movement- Students are shown a variety of dance moves in a particular dance style. A small routine is taught and time is given to learn the routine without teacher assistance.
• Choreography- Students are placed into small groups where their imagination can run wild! Each student must create a dance move, either original or one they have previously learnt, and when combined with their fellow group members, a routine is developed. Students are encouraged to commence with an opening pose, a finishing pose and to create moves that consist of patterns, space,
• Students present their routines on stage in front of their class peers. The purpose of presenting is to increase self-esteem, confidence as well as teamwork and co-operation.
Drama is wonderful tool to enhance the children’s self- confidence by performing in front of an audience. Students are encouraged to ‘break out of their shell’ by pretending to be someone else through their voice and movements. Drama and story telling are great ways to increase a child’s vocabulary as well as enhancing mental organization.
Benefits of Drama
• Creating a safe space- It is important for all students to feel safe in a creative and non judgmental environment.
• Building self confidence- The shyest students take just a few weeks to build up their self esteem and are willing to participate in drama lessons.
• Development of language and communication skills- by learning scripts, improvisation role plays and encouragement to express themselves both verbally and through facial expression as well as body language, each child is becoming more effective communicators.
• Co-operation- In order to put together small role plays and scenarios, students must learn the importance of co-operation and team work. It also nurtures friendships.
• Drama can also develop emotional intelligence, concentration and also an understanding of others emotions and the world around them.