Ballet brings new thinking to KHS
The Australian Ballet’s Education and Outreach team made its inaugural visit to Katherine High School on 5 May.
The stopover was an extension of STEAMDANCE, the company’s promotion through dance of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
The STEAMDANCE class involved years 7, 8 and 9 students in choreography training based on Wilay, the Dreamtime brushtail possum.
Senior Teacher of Enrichment, Nina Jones, said Year 7 students have a focus on “Dreaming and Dreamtime stories” while drama students target “music, movement and symbolism”.
“STEAM is all about reframing and rethinking what we know, and trying to create improvements,” she said.
“A performance led by specialist educators and professional dancers included little jumps, petit allegro, rising and lowering, ballet lunges and body percussion.
“During the visit the students learnt safety and balance, and how to move and connect a story through movement and body percussion.
“We hope staging, props and dance, inspired our students to find new ways of thinking about STEAM in daily life.”
The performance was watched by the entire school, and about 70 students attended three dance workshops.