Energy in Motion (EM) provides innovative school dance programs developed by a highly experienced dance educator and teacher Emily Appleton.

The programs are tailored to suit the Australian Curriculum and are modified, in collaboration with you, to meet the specific learning needs of your students as well as the required learning outcomes of your teachers.

No matter the age or ability level of your students, Energy in Motion has a unique and engaging dance program for you!

  • Emily has an amazingly positive attitude at all times. This positiveness is instilled in the children in her classes. Each one goes away from her class thinking (and saying) "I can do it!".
    — Lynda Ward, Assistant Principal
  • My little kinder froggies and I would like to thank you for all the inspiration, dedication and fun you have brought to our weekly dance lessons. I am in awe of your talent and ability to stay so calm and positive at all times.
    — Fay Ligonis, Primary Teacher
  • Emily demonstrates a vast knowledge of how children learn by designing a range of lessons for each group in her care. She is continually responsive to the needs of all children including those with special intellectual, physical and social needs. Her lessons are well planned and presented in such a way as to engage all in a very enthusiastic way, developing the full potential of her students.
    — Lynda Ward, Assistant Principal

 
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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • 45-60 minute class
  • Recommended 45 minutes for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2
  • One class of approximately 30 students
  • One teacher to facilitate each class
  • Qualified teacher: Bachelor of Education and Dance, full registration with the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) and valid Working With Vulnerable People registration (WWVP)
  • Typically, EM provides a full term program of 10 weeks, however, we are flexible to suit schools programming needs

 
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PROGRAM FOCUS

Schools are encouraged to choose a focus for their EM dance program from the list below:

  1. Dance for Performance/Events
  2. Dance for Creative Communication
  3. Dance for Cultural Awareness
  4. Dance for Style-Specific Technique
  5. Dance for Fitness

EM can also provide one off workshops for individual classes, special needs groups, school staff and the wider school community including team building workshops, dance fitness classes, discos and dance parties. 

 
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TYPICAL DANCE CLASS STRUCTURE 

Links to the relevant Australian Curriculum content descriptors for Dance in F-2, 3-4 and 5-6 have been included.

  • Warm up/stretch
  • Creative dance games – including team building, creative responses and guided free-dance to encourage imagination, play and collaboration. (ACADAM005), (ACADAM009)
  • Dance routine/choreography – each lesson students steadily learn the movements of a choreographed dance to complete a full routine by the end of the program.(ACADAM006), (ACADAM010)
  • Dance appreciation – students share their work in mini-performances and are encouraged to respond by identifying the elements of dance, discussing personal improvement/growth as well as effectively communicating through positive affirmation and constructive criticism. (ACADAM003), (ACADAR004), (ACADAM007),  (ACADAR008), (ACADAM011), (ACADAR012)
  • Cool down

 
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SCHOOL BENEFITS

  • Qualified dance teacher who can provide classroom teachers with release from face-to-face teaching
  • Affordable pricing (approx. $4 per student, per class)
  • Reporting and pupil assessments available at an additional cost
  • Professional equipment every lesson, including age-appropriate music
  • Specialist knowledge of dance and the Australian Arts Curriculum
  • Specialist boys only and girls only programs can also be provided
 
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STUDENT BENEFITS

Physical Activity

  • Creative movement
  • Coordination and motor skills
  • Fitness and conditioning - muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, agility, flexibility, mobility, stability
  • Body literacy
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Care of body (healthy lifestyles and nutrition)
  • Connection to body
  • Appreciation and acceptance of body

Cognitive Conditioning

  • Focus
  • Pattern recognition
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Divergent thinking
  • Right/left brain crossover
  • Musicality (rhythm, tempo, accent, music appreciation)
  • Sensory integration
  • Knowledge and understanding of body: parts, muscles, joints, bones, etc

Interpersonal Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Social skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Active play
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Individuality and expression
  • Authenticity
  • Connection to the wider world
 

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