3. From Machu Picchu to the Great Barrier Reef

This dance session travels to Machu Picchu and the Great Barrier Reef.

3. From Machu Picchu to the Great Barrier Reef

The final session in this unit crosses the Atlantic further west to the mountains of Peru where, at the mysterious Machu Picchu, we reconstruct an Inca astronomical Temple of the Sun amidst rock-outcrops and follow a folk-dance trail to the summit of Huaynu Picchu.

Finally, our westward journey continues to the coast of Australia where we explore steps and pathways influenced by Australian Aboriginal dances, and create sequences inspired by the natural underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.


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Lesson summary

Warm up: Step-hopping through the spaces.

Machu Picchu: Groups of 3-4 develop building-actions and geometrical shapes.

Huaynu Picchu: A long line shuffles a 'Dance Trail' rhythmically along a mountain track.

Pathlines: Shuffling steps change into stamping-steps along Australian Aborigine-inspired songlines.

Coral cities: In pairs, use fingers, hands, arms and legs to evoke small undersea creatures and plants.

Underwater world: Individuals explore the movement of large underwater life (dolphins, rays, sharks etc) in varied pathways and groupings.

Cool down: A beach walk along the Australian coast, reflecting on different dance-styles from all six 'Wonders of the world' locations.

Other units of KS2 Dance Workshop

Extreme sports
In the gym
South American Carnival