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Dance11At Broadclyst, with the recent introduction of specialist teaching, there are an increasing number of opportunities for dance both in and outside of the curriculum.

An introduction to creative movement begins with movements based on the children's own experiences and develops through exploring spaces, levels, pathways, body shapes and direction. The programme’s progression through the school provides opportunities to respond to a range of stimuli including music, stories and poetry. There are increased opportunities, both for pair and group work and for independent creation and evaluation.

Dance2The series develop from simple movements based on the children's everyday experiences through to enabling them to create their own dances - as individuals, as groups and as a whole class. In each series the elements include composing, performing and appraising.

Children will have the opportunity to watch touring national dance companies and incorporate this into future PE lessons.

Working in partnership with Dance Network Active (DNA) we aim to create a basic map of dance activity across Devon's primary schools.

DNA is a project in Devon and Torbay for all school teachers, dance practitioners and youth leaders who work with children and young people and dance. The DNA partnership is Broadclyst Primary School, Daisi, Dance in Devon, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter University and Exmouth Community College.

This dance map is being created with a view to potentially developing and promoting the importance of dance at primary school. We would like to look at the reciprocal possibilities for partnership working, networking and collaborative dance projects.