Countdown to the Australian Curriculum

Dance learning

Photo by Peter Voerman at Oude School

It’s the first day of August and we are waiting for the Australian Education Minister’s group to endorse the Australian Arts Curriculum. When that happens, Violet’s blog will focus on the language and concepts that are contained in the new dance curriculum—to support teachers to align the new with the old, or to explore new ideas and strategies for implementation.

When I started teaching dance, I had no idea what to do or where to begin to plan a lesson. I had learned ballet and jazz as a kid, and had choreographed some musical numbers for high school performances, but I didn’t know how to conduct a class, or how to sequence learning for students. Back then there was a dearth of resources to help the beginning teacher.

While there are more resources now, dance does not enjoy the same level of support that other curriculum areas receive. I hope this blog and the Dancing capital website will fill some of the gaps in resourcing.

I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Daily Prompt: Impossibility

What are the six impossible things that I believe in?

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1. That dance will become a globally accepted and respected art form for its beauty, complexity and cultural worth
2. That people will understand the theatrical and artistic intention of dance and the difference between movement as physical activity and movement (dance) as an art form
3. That all people will stop discriminating against those who dance
4. That males can dance without fear
5. That females can dance without being sexualised
6. That all people, everywhere, dance.

Why are these impossibilities at this moment in time?

I’m sure you don’t want to hear the word, but the main culprit is misogyny. Dance is female, and feminine, and therefore spurned by men. The material of dance is the body and the body is always at risk of being sexualised. Men feel threatened if their bodies are on display. Especially if the display threatens their concept of sexuality. Men threaten other men who dance with criticism, or worse. Dance is threatening to men, period.

The denigration of the art form of dance is accepted as part of western culture. My six impossibilities have no business being impossible. How do we free men from their fear?