Understanding Victorian Society Through Dance: Teaching Resource for Key Stage 2 and Above: From Monarch to Mudlark

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9780854181810: Understanding Victorian Society Through Dance: Teaching Resource for Key Stage 2 and Above: From Monarch to Mudlark
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This is a distance learning manual, with an accompanying CD, to help teachers deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 upwards. Learning these dances requires, in particular, teamwork and knowledge of the rules. It will encourage the acquisition of social skills and promote self-esteem, which can equip a child for life. This title includes: how to use this resource; teaching tips; and, dances. Ballroom Dances include: The Waltz; The Spanish Dance; The Polka; The Schottische; Highland Schottische; Hart's Lancers; Galop Finale Country Dances; Pop Goes the Weasel; Four Hand Reel from Dorset; La Tempete (The Tempest); Sir Roger de Coverley; The Triumph; Nine Pins Morris and Processional Dances; Castleton Garland; Bean Setting from Headington; Helston Furry Dance; Stave Dance Performance Dances; Sailor's Hornpipe; Jockey Dance; Skirt Dance; Tambourine Dance; Street Clowns 1; Street Clowns 2; Street Clowns 4; Crossing Sweepers 1; Crossing Sweepers 2; Crossing Sweepers 3; Clog Dance; Clog - 6x8-bar reel - practice speed; Clog - 6x8-bar reel - intermediate speed; and, Clog - 8x16-bar reel - performance speed.

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The Victorian era lasted from 1837 to 1901. It encompassed a time of immense change in fashion, technology, politics and social mores. For some time prior to this period clothing had allowed for greater physical flexibility so dance steps were energetic, vigorous and precise. By the end of the period, partly due to women's restrictive fashions but also because of the increasing populations in the towns, leading to crowded ballrooms, dance steps were simplified to the extent that they were often walked. Although there are no longer the same social pressures on people to acquire formal dance skills, once mastered, they can be enjoyed for a lifetime. This collection brings together instructions for five different types of dance from the early part of the Victorian period - Dances of the Ballroom, Country Dance, Morris and Processional, Performance and Clog. The dances are graded according to three levels of difficulty. Each section starts with some background history with additional resource information including costume ideas and tunes added at the end of this book together with a short bibliography for those wishing to research further into this subject. Although written particularly with Key Stage 2 teachers in mind, this book constitutes a flexible learning resource for all ages. Have fun experiencing the spatial dance patterns and skip to the music of the nineteenth century, then try out some simplified steps and mannerisms of the period or go the whole hog and use the full ballet steps for an authentic performance. The music on the CD is as authentic as we could make it with tunes from the period and similar instruments.

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