Fifteen-year-old Tara Webster has grown up on a farm in outback Australia and has dreamt of being a dancer ever since she was a little girl. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance – the best school in the country – she is sure her life is about to be spectacular. What Tara doesn't realise is how far behind she is in her training, and that there's a whole lot more to surviving the Academy than just dancing ...
Access to the Dance Academy: Arts Education website, http://www.danceacademy.edu.au, is available with any Dance Academy DVD purchase.
The Dance Academy: Arts Education website
The Dance Academy: Arts Education website supports middle years educators with engaging classroom activities designed to enhance students' knowledge, skills and understanding of dance – as both artist and audience.
The website features video clips and production materials from the award-winning television series Dance Academy, stimulus for over 100 downloadable teaching activities that have been aligned with the Australian Curriculum areas of The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media and Visual Arts), English, and Health and Physical Education (Personal Development).
Each activity provides educators with a contemporary approach to exploring elements of The Arts within their classroom, matched with printable student activity sheets and links to additional support materials – including instructional video clips and fact sheets developed by Ausdance.
The teaching activities are searchable by Curriculum Study Area(s), tag word(s) or by one of the four main themes:
- Dance skills – explores body, movement, technique, choreography, performance and communication through dance
- Dance knowledge – explores genre, culture, history and styles of dance, safe dance practices, dance process and dance vocabulary
- Production – explores stagecraft, costume, lighting, design, event management, and technology and innovation within dance production
- Health and wellbeing – explores health, fitness, human movement, nutrition, personal development and identity
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