Year 10 GCSE dancers have wowed their audiences with their group dance performance based on the whole school focus “Anti-Bullying”. The girls were given the stimulus and split into groups of bullies, victims and bystanders; they were to work within their groups to choreograph motifs that interpreted their character and their characters personality traits and emotions.
The performance was to link with their first unit of work “Performance in a group” therefore the girls planned and researched their characters, discussed actions and gestures that would make their character clear to an audience and looked at using props such as desks and books to show a typical school environment. During their classes they have understood how to structure a performance and create choreography for a stimulus which will prepare them for next year when they work on their choreography unit of the course.
Victims – “As victims we discussed using props and books to show that we liked to study and read. We felt that we could make it clear to the audience that we were innocent and don’t like confrontation by hiding behind our books” Jess Davies, Megan Kelly & Amber Whitehouse.
Bullies – “We wanted to wear red so that we could show power and control. Throughout the dance we used lots of strong dynamics and leg lines to show we controlled the stage. During the fight scene we wanted to make it look realistic so we experimented with controlled pushing and lifts that landed down to the floor” Olivia Drysdale, Lauren Paxton, Chloe Thorpe, Megan Page & Chelsea Radford.
Bystanders – “As bystanders we wanted a clear message of who you should speak to if you or someone else is being bullied therefore we had printed t-shirts with all the people you can approach. We also wanted to show that bystanders don’t always get involved and speak out to help, we did this by not interacting with the victims during the first section of the dance.
In the middle of the dance we progressively help the victims by trapping the bullies to show that together we are stronger than bullies” Leah Field, Sophie Meredith, Olivia Speed, Leigha Philips and Megan Howells.
The dance sent out a very strong message and the reaction from pupils and staff about the performance has been fantastic. Well done Year 10.