Physical Education KS2: Incorporating house into street dance
Street dance crew Beat Breakers perform on the CBBC show 'Alesha's Street Dance Stars'.
The performance incorporates many street dance styles including breaking, locking and lopping, but focuses mainly on house dance.
Throughout the piece the music changes with the styles and this allows the performers to connect more with the work.
The group make use of the stage by using different formations to travel and also for transitions.
The performance gives a good representation of house dance, especially fast footwork, as well as body and chest popping isolations in the third section.
This clip is from the series Street Dance Masterclass.
Ask students to share their response to this dance sequence.
Students could consider the use of different actions, space, dynamics and relationships within this dance piece.
Discuss with students the difference between house dance and more typical street dance styles such as hip hop.
Note that in street and hip hop you dance on the down beat so moves are low and sharp, while in house you dance on the upbeat meaning moves can be free and bouncy.
Ask students to identify some house dance moves from this clip and some street. Which do they prefer and why?
Students could then be challenged to create their own dance sequence which incorporates both style of dance.
Highlight that there should be a clear difference in levels throughout the dance.
Students could then perform to their classmates and receive feedback.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Physical Education or Dance at Key Stage 2 or Second Year in Scotland.