Dance club

 

“The dance is a joy of existence”

Dancing is very well practised, loved and popular performing arts. There are wide variety of dance styles or forms that can be learn. These dance styles range from Classical dance Bharatanatyam to Hip-hop to contemporary, Bollywood, salsa, B boing and many more.

Dance is the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself. Dance helps students to develop skills that are necessary for their learning such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.  Dance and creative movements help to increase student’s memory, thinking capacity and sequencing skills. Creating dance also increase self-esteem which is necessary to learning.

As a part of school activity Vishwashanti Gurukul school provides a style-based training to the students in Indian and western dance styles. Dance as a part of activity taught to MYP and DP students. This Dance club offers Contemporary, Hip-hop and Bharatnatyam dance styles. This dance club is open to one and all, even for the beginners. Dance is a way to express one’s emotions and feelings and the dance club is created by performing arts department. This club teaches the students to apply art values, systems, principles and approaches to their performances.

Objectives of this dance Club: –

Students will

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the selected dance style, through creative process, leadership, participation and reflection.
  • They will develop multifaceted physicality through training in chosen dance style.
  • They will learn to apply variety of dance skills and techniques in chosen dance style with systematic approach to learning aesthetics and approach to performing.
  • They will learn movement vocabulary and practice methods in chosen dance style.
  • The dance club will run through the year in order to ensure that students must develop the knowledge and understanding and performance skills and techniques in chosen dance style.

Let’s see the academic month wise syllabus for Contemporary dance, Bharatanatyam dance, and Hip-Hop and styles which are offered to the students this year.

Dance style 1-Contemporary dance style

Club Activity: Dancing feet – for / contemporary dance planning.

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical ballet. Contemporary dance emphasis on originality, innovation, creativity, interdisciplinarity.

OBJECTIVES

The syllabus objectives are

  • To gain basic to advance techniques in Contemporary Dance.
  • To acquire correct posture, stance, and distribution of weight.
  • To develop core strength to support correct use of stance and control of the body.
  • To develop the use of the body to achieve the expected alignment and shape of the body.
  • To develop the ability to vary the quality and flow of movement.
  • To develop the ability to move in space, using appropriate directions, pathways, and levels.
Ser no.MonthActivity ContentMYP 1 to MYP 3MYP 4 to DP 2Teacher in charge
1August(4 week)Contemporary dance

  1. Introduction to contemporary dance
  2. Basic contemporary dance steps
  3. Small movement routine to practice
  1. Body preparatory exercises
  2. Movement routine/sequence
  3. Improvisation activities
  1. Introduction to body preparatory exercises
  2. Movement improvisation
  3. Movement sequence
  4. Watching contemporary dance
Janhavi P.
2SeptemberContemporary dance beginners
  1. Dance based games
  2. Rhythm and movement Level 1
  3. Introduction to improvisation
  1. Voice and movement
  2. Movement sequences intermediate
  3. Improvisation intermediate
  4. Workshop on dance writing
Janhavi P.
3OctoberContemporary dance
  1. Introduction to voice and movement
  2. Building a story through dance
  3. Choreography begins
  4. Dance based games
  1. Knowing different contemporary dancers.
  2. Creating a choreography based in lyrical contemporary
  3. Improvisation intermediate level
Janhavi P.
4NovemberContemporary Dance
  1. understanding the contemporary dance history
  2. Breath and movement
  3. Choreography
  4. improvisation
  1. Understanding the themes for contemporary dance making
  2. Dance based games
  3. Choreography
  4. Improvisation
Janhavi P.
5DecemberContemporary Dance
  1. Understanding performance making
  2. Understanding the ethics of performance
  3. Elements of performance making
  4. The use of technology in dance
  1. Introduction to site specific dance.
  2. Creating a site-specific dance
Janhavi P.
6JanuaryContemporary Dance
  1. Exploring dancing with props.
  2. Creating a choreography with props
  1. Understanding dance as a tool for social change.
  2. Creating a small choreography about a social issue (Group)
Janhavi P.
7FebruaryDance/Drill Technique
  1. Movement composition
  2. *Curved and straight back bounces
  3. *Scoop breathings
  4. *Scoop and sitting breathings with extending legs
  5. *Spiral going to fourth
  1. Perform a range of movement sequences showing an understanding of musicality in Contemporary Dance
  2. *Apply and demonstrate through performance a range of fundamental and relevant knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary and technique of Contemporary Dance
Janhavi P.
8MarchPerformanceApply and demonstrate a range of performance skills in Contemporary DanceApply and demonstrate a range of performance skills in Contemporary DanceJanhavi P.
9AprilPerformance
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of style and theme
  2. Create short, coherent sequences of movement
  3. Recall exercises, sequences, and dances
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of style and theme
  2. Create short, coherent sequences of movement
  3. Recall exercises, sequences, and dances
Janhavi P.

Dance Style 2 – Activity Name: – Classical Dance – (Bharatanatyam)

Bharatanatyam originated many centuries ago in the temples of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is known for its strong lines that make geometric and symmetrical shapes as well as its turn-out position by which it is commonly recognised. The dance form is embellished with intricately expressive hand gestures and elaborate facial expressions that lend to the story-telling aspect of this style.

Objectives: –

* To encourage and appreciate to study of performing arts particularly Bharatanatyam as an Indian classical dance form.

*To develop the skill by training & practical approach by using modern technology amongst the students in Bharatanatyam.

*To introduce and create a strong foundation for further perseverance of learning the subtle nuances of Bharatanatyam which will help creating a convincing performer.

*The overall approach will be flexible and open to accept new challenges and execute programmes independently, as a part of school performing arts activity.

*Students will encourage to appear for University Grade level examination for Bharatnatyam.

Ser no.MonthActivity Content

 

MYP 1 to MYP 3MYP 4 to DP 2Teacher in charge
1AugustIntroduction to Bharatanatyam

Namaskaram

-Information about classical dance examination.

What is Adavu?

Concept of Bhav Raag Taal

Basic Terminology

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

 

The proper way to do the Namaskaram (Namaskar) and the meaning behind that

Warm-up to stretch and condition the body before all practice sessions

Posture building exercises

Mudras

1 to 5  Tatta Adavu

Namaskar- A Bharatnatyam dancer starts and ends every session of dancing with Namaskar Dancer seeks blessings and permission from Mother Earth to stamp on her during the dance. The dancer pays respect to God (Nataraja), Teacher (Guru), and Audience.

 

 

Proper way to do the Namaskaram (Namaskar) and the meaning behind that

Warm-Up to stretch and condition the body before all practice sessions and performance

Basic Adavu

Movement -formations

Small Abhinaya intro and movement exploration with Mudra’s

 

  Arti B.
2SeptemberConcept of Head Movements

Major Limbs and Mainour limbs (Angas, Upanga and Pratyanga Concept)

Basic Terminology

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

* Small composition on Lord Ganesh

*Natta Adavu Movements 1 to 6

 

 

*Angashuddham – Refers to purity, clarity, and neatness of adavus.

*Adavu practice

*Single Hand gesture (MUDRA)

*One of the most striking features of Indian Classical Dance is the use of hand gestures. Speaking in dance via gestures, rather than orally, in order to visually convey outer events or things, as well as inner feelings, two classifications of specific traditional ‘MUDRA’ (hand/finger gesture)

Arti B.
3OctoberInstrumental music and adavu exploration

Understanding the rhythm and Tala

Introduction to Tala System

Basic Terminology

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

*Vishru Adavu  1 to 4 movements.

*Tatta , Natta Adavu combination with rhythm.

*Samam (Samapadam) – Feet together and standing straight. • Araimandi (Ardhamandala) – This is a basic posture of the body in Bharatnatyam in which the body should be straight, legs bent at the knee, and toes facing sideways.

 

*Revision of Adavu and concept of Tala in 3 speeds.

*Double hand gestures.

  Arti B.
4NovemberAn outline knowledge of the 4 kinds of Abinaya. (Angika, Vaacika, Aaharya, Saativika)

Dhyanam Slokam and its meaning

Basic Terminology

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

Muzhumandi (Mandala) – The torso should be straight while sitting down on the toes of the two feet.

• Sollukattu – Rhythmic syllables

• Nrittahastas – Hand movements executed along with adavus solely for the aesthetic beauty of embellishment are called nritta-hastas and it’s used in movement choreography.

*(Visharu Adavu) – Ta Tai Tai Ta – importance to Swasthika position o Kudditu Mettu (Tai Hath Tai Hi

– jumping on toes and striking the ground with the heels while retaining the toes-contact with the ground

Arti B.

 

5DecemberShiro, Dhrushti, Greeva Bedham

1) Head

2) Eyes

3) Neck movement

Any slokas, Bajans, instrumental piece, or any other appropriate music for classical dance can be used giving importance to adavus and mudras learned so farNadai

The basic Bharatanatyam walk involves lifting the feet while slightly lowering the body. The feet are then placed down heel first and the body is raised back up.

  Arti B.
6January Tat Tai Tam ( Sutral Adavu) – combination of Tattu, Nattu, Swasthika and Paichaal (jump). o Paichaal Adavu – using leaps and jumps § Dhit taiyuam Tat Taa Tai*Tai Tai tat Ta – a combination of Tattu, Nattu, and resting on toes o Sarukkal Adavu – sliding o Mandi Adavu – done in Muzhumandi position; Tham Ti tham kitathaka Tai Ta Tai*Tai Tai tat Ta – a combination of Tattu, Nattu, and resting on toes o Sarukkal Adavu – sliding o Mandi Adavu – done in Muzhumandi position; Tham Ti tham kitathaka Tai Ta TaiArti Belpathak.

 

7FebruaryTirmana adavu – usually as an end for the sequence; Tadhing Gina Thome

 

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

*; Trishram (Tha Ki Tta), Chatushram (Tha Ka Dhi mi), Khandam, (ThaKa Tha kit a), Mishram (3+4 or 4+3), Sankeernam (4+5 or 5+4) o Tadh Dhit Ta – single unit step; generally used as a connecting unit*Review the Entire Adavus with special focus on 3rd speed.

*

  Arti B.
8MarchExpressions

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

*This includes an understanding and the BASIC ability to do the Navarasas. 1. Sringaram – Love,Delight 2. Hasyam – Laughter 3. Karuna – Compassion 4. Raudram – Fury 5. Viram – Bravery/Courage 6. Bhayanakam – Fear 7. Bibhatsam – Revulsion/ Disgust 8. Adbhutam – Awe, Wonder 9. Shantam – SereneTirmana adavu – usually as an end for the sequence; § Tadhing Gina Thome with Ta Hatha Jhaum Tari Ta § Kitta Takka Dhari Kirtta Thome o Thatti Mettu – strike the ground, raise the heel, and re-strike, resting the toes on the ground

Safe Dance Practice for Bharatanatyam

Arti B.

 

9AprilCulmination with any slokas, Bajans

Movement depicts pure dance (nritta) in which the performer weaves several patterns on a basic musical composition using previously learned adavus.

*Self-choreography and performance*Self-choreography and performance.  Arti B.

 

 

Dance Style 3 Club Activity: Shake a leg- (Hip -Hop Dance) 

Hip Hop Dance is a style of movement characterized by bounces and rocks executed to Hip Hop music. It has deep historical and social roots in African American culture, having emerged in Black communities living in 1970s New York. While frequently referred to as a singular dance style, Hip Hop dance is part of a whole culture of Hip Hop, that includes Deejaying, Graffiti, Emceeing, and several sub-styles of dance, including Breaking.

Objectives: –

  • Understanding Hip-Hop as a culture and its elements.
  • Learning specific Hip Hop Dances (Locking’, Poppin’, and Party Dances)
  • Learning specific dances’ fundamentals, terminologies, and their movement (wrist twirl, the lock, pop, Fresno, walk out, etc)
  • Improvising and creating own dance patterns.
  • Rhythm training: Bounces
Ser no.MonthActivity Content

 

MYP 1 to MYP 3MYP 4 to DP 2Teacher in charge
1AugustHIP – HOP

Introduction to hip hop elements.

 

Information about hip hop.

 

Introduction to hip-hop moves.

 

Hip Hop

Introduction to hip hop elements.

Information about hip hop.

Introduction to hip-hop moves.

cool down

  1. Hip Hop

Introduction to hip hop elements.

Information about hip hop.

Introduction to hip-hop moves.

cool down

 

 

Aman B.

 

2September
  1. Hip hop Foundations

 

  1. Hip Hop

Demonstration/ Teaching proper techniques Stretching/Warm Up/Cool Down/

  1. Hip Hop
  1. Demonstration/ Teaching proper techniques Stretching/Warm Up/Cool Down

 

Aman B.
3October
  1. HIP HOP

hip hop choreography

series of steps

 

 

  1. HIP HOP

Demonstration/ Teaching proper techniques Stretching/Warm Up/Cool Down/

A.     HIP HOP

Demonstration/ Teaching proper techniques Stretching/Warm Up/Cool Down/

 

Aman B.

 

Novemberseries of steps

 

Warm Up

Focus on across the floor combinations/Isolations of the Human Body/Footwork

Movements Hip/Hop Dance Choreography Cool Down

Warm Up

Focus on across the floor combinations/Isolations of the Human Body/Footwork

Movements Hip/Hop Dance Choreography Cool Down

 

 

Aman B.

 

DecemberStudent-initiated

Hip/Hop Dance Choreography

 

Warm Up

Improving Muscular Strength & Endurance

Conditioning

/Solo Dance Choreography

Due-Choreography

Cool Down

Warm Up Improving Muscular Strength & Endurance Conditioning/Solo Dance Choreography Due Cool Down

 

 

Aman B.

 

 

 

JanuaryMoves- breaking downWarm-Up

Hip/Hop Dance

Choreography

Demonstrate/Discuss Floorwork

Discuss/ Midterm Project

Cool Down.

Warm-Up

Hip/Hop Dance

Choreography

Demonstrate/Discuss Floorwork

Discuss/ Midterm Project

Cool Down.

Aman B.

 

FebruaryDance/Drill TechniqueDance movement Drill by using variations with the hip hop foundations.Dance movement Drill by using variations with the hip hop foundations.Aman B.

 

MarchVideo – The NutcrackerStudents will create their own series of steps using what they have learned earlier in class.Students will create their own series of steps using what they have learned earlier in class.Aman B.

 

AprilPerformance and

Activity Quiz

clearing doubts / taking revisions/ sharing skills like how we can perform the same move in a different way.clearing doubts / taking revisions/ sharing skills like how we can perform the same move in a different way.Aman B.

 

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