Physical Education KS2: Incorporating house into street dance

Watch a street dance performance that focuses on house, by Beat Breakers.

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 BBC series, Street Dance Masterclass.

Teacher Notes

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.

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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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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Ballet and street dance fusion
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