Physical Education KS2: Ballet and street dance fusion

Street dance crew FFRES perform a ballet/street fusion piece on CBBC's Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

The performance begins with the all male crew using traditional ballet music from the Nutcracker.

Throughout the performance they change between street music and classical, which adds to the overall look of the work.

One sequence is specifically inspired by the 'Dance of the Cygnets' from Swan Lake - with a street twist.

Their performance successfully incorporates ballet and different street styles including popping, locking and house.

They wear usual street style clothing but reveal tutus hidden underneath.

The judges on Alesha's Street Dance Stars were full of praise for this piece, as technically the crew master both forms and fuse them imaginatively.

This clip is from the BBC series, Street Dance Masterclass.

Teacher Notes

You could use this clip to show how different styles can be fused together.

You could also use the video to show how to evaluate a piece of dance.

Students can identify what street and ballet are.

How did the music and costumes impact the piece or create humour?

You could use these questions to prompt a discussion about the performance - what is unexpected and what works well?

Curriculum Notes

Exploring the art of street dance, this series will be relevant for teaching physical education and dance at primary level.

More from Street Dance Masterclass:

Incorporating grooves into a street dance
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Incorporating locking into a street dance
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Incorporating breaking into street dance
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Incorporating house into street dance
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The 'floor slide to resurrection' moves used in house dance
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The 'happy feet' technique in house dance
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The 'KB bounce' in street dance
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The 'KB hop' in street dance
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The 'leo walk' from street dance
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The 'pause groove' in street dance
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The 'point and lock' in street dance
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The 'stomp to retreat spin' in house dance
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The 'stop and go' move from street dance
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Lizzie's street dance masterclass on locking
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Turbo's street dance masterclass on house dance
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Swoosh's street dance masterclass on B-boying and footwork
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Supple's street dance masterclass on bhangra and street fusion
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Claire's street dance masterclass on ballet and street fusion
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