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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Dance: Chair Dance
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Dance: Chair Dance

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade C Ainsley  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students use chairs as a stimulus to create a movement sequence.

Teacher Instructions

  1. Arrange chairs evenly in room with space for students to move around them.
  2. Individually, students improvise making shapes interacting with a chair.
  3. They select 4 shapes and experiment with the element of time in performing the sequence of shapes, making each shape last for 8, 4 or 2 counts.
  4. Students observe their peers and discuss the visual effectiveness of variations in timing.
  5. They experiment with the elements of time and dynamics in performing their sequence by moving continuously from one shape to the next.
  6. Students continue to improvise, develop, refine and organise the movement as a performance piece, employing variations in timing and dynamics.
  7. They perform their sequences for the class. (Students work individually but may perform their final sequence at the same time as other students.)

The suggested time for this activity is 2 lessons.

Prior learning

Students have learnt about safe dance practice and the importance of warming up and cooling down. They have built up a series of shapes and transitions to create a locomotor/non-locomotor sequence. Students have explored symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes as well as contrasting and complementary shapes. They have manipulated the elements of time and shape, and created a movement sequence based on a stimulus.


Performing (DAS 2.1)
Performs dances from a range of contexts demonstrating movement skills, expressive qualities and an understanding of the elements of dance.
Composing (DAS 2.2)
Explores, selects and combines movement, using the elements of dance to communicate ideas, feelings or moods.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • use of expressive and movement skills
  • engagement in and understanding of the process of composition
  • manipulation of the elements of dance to create and perform a movement sequence.
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