KS3 Dance Styles – Sample


This is a FREE sample lesson which includes only a small part of the full scheme of learning.


This unit starts to explore the history and repertoire of three different dance styles including: Lindy Hop, a high-energy swing dance combining acrobatic moves and African-American styles; Old School Dance rooted in Hip Hop culture with community and self-expression; and Afro-Commercial dance inspired by African cultures with fluid movements and infectious rhythms.


Unit Title: Dance Styles – SYTYCD
Duration: 8 to 10 weeks
Grade/Level/Year: Year 9, Age 13+, KS3


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What’s included in the purchased resource

Unit Objectives: Test students’ dance skills, adaptability, learning speed, and stamina through various rounds inspired by the TV series “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD). Students will learn and perform dances in specific styles (Lindy Hop, Old School Hip Hop and Afro-Commercial), focusing on developing physical, technical, and expressive performance skills. Students will choreography their own movements using the stylistic features of each genre. Developing movement using involve actions, space, dynamics, and relationships. Measure the impact by assessing students’ ability to create and execute movement phrases, perform, discuss, and analyse with increasing knowledge of key dance terms/skills.

  • Implementation & Impact
  • Lesson Plans
  • Assessment strategies
  • SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) adjustments and challenges

Worksheets and Homework:

  • Variety of worksheets for in-class activities
  • Homework assignments

Assessment Tools:

  • Self-testing quizzes
  • Assessments aligned with the unit
  • Spreadsheet to track groups scores

Student Resources:

  • Lesson Packs: lesson presentations with associated assessments
  • Student Workbooks: Yearly Progress Tracker, Learning Journey, Unit Overview for clear articulation of concepts
  • Golden Keywords: Focusing on essential concepts
  • Assessment & Feedback: Strategies for assessing and providing feedback
  • Retrieval Self/Peer Appreciation: Techniques to encourage retrieval and peer appreciation of learning

Non-Participant Resources:

  • Workbook for non-participating students to remain engaged and connected to the learning process
  • Designed to help students who are injured or unable to actively participate for an extended period

Movement Videos:

  • Videos with movement examples, breakdowns, and warm-ups
  • Routine videos provided for all three dance styles.
  • Music playlists to accompany the movement activities

SEND Support Materials:

  • “Getting Unstuck” support materials tailored to each dance unit
  • Addressing challenges that SEN students, Pupil Premium (PP) recipients, or others might face
  • Customized support to meet unique needs

Challenge and Extension:

  • Tasks for students seeking extra challenge or extension
  • Opportunities for advanced exploration

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You will receive a zip file for Microsoft Office files (MS Word and MS Powerpoint). Please note that the Google Form quizzes are incompatible with Microsoft related products.

You will also receive a link to a shared google drive folder which will allow you to copy files to your own google drive folder allowing you to assign these using the Google Classroom. Full instructions on these are included within the download links.

Licensing Types

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