With a strong history of providing quality services in schools, in particular secondary dance programs, Buzz Dance Theatre used their AIR grant to deepen their engagement with students and teachers in four secondary schools, all located approximately 15 kilometres north of the Perth CBD: Balcatta Senior High School, Balga Senior High School, Greenwood Senior High School and Wanneroo Senior High School.
Balcatta Senior High School is a multicultural learning community with 46 different ethnic groups reflected in the student population in 2010 and a strong reputation in the Arts. The school has operated a Gifted and Talented Visual Arts program since the 1970s and since 2009 has also offered Specialist Programs in Dance and Multimedia Graphics. Balcatta's AIR Project Coordinator, Ms Alison Martin, chose her Year 9 specialist dance class to participate in the AIR project.
Balga Senior High School is a unique program-based school, specialising in literacy, numeracy, vocational training and lifelong learning for students at educational risk. The class chosen to participate in the AIR project was the Year 10 elective dance class. Boys, all relatively recent arrivals from various African countries, formed the majority of the class. The few girls in the class were of African and Maori backgrounds.
Greenwood Senior High School [now known as Greenwood College] offers elite courses in Music, Japanese, French and Dance, as well as specialist programs in Aviation and Volleyball. Dance Teacher and AIR Project Coordinator Ms Kelly Fitt selected one of her Year 10 elective dance classes to participate in the project.
Wanneroo Senior High School [now known as Wanneroo Secondary College] provides two accredited specialist programs, Performing Arts and Australian Rules Football, as well as an Academic Extension Program. Prior to the commencement of the AIR project in 2010, the school had undergone a significant building program featuring a Performing Arts Centre which includes a new music recording studio, dance studio and large refurbished theatre. AIR Project Coordinator Ms Kelli Thompson selected incoming Year 10 students who had not experienced the school's specialist arts program specifically for the AIR project.
The core aim of the Buzz Dance Theatre AIR project was to engage young people, schools, teachers and their communities, as creators and participants. Lasting seven and a half months, the project incorporated performing arts, multimedia, technology, literacy and numeracy as students authored their own stories, translated their stories into dance and theatre forms, filmed, edited and produced their own short dance theatre film scores.
The project consisted of five phases and a program of professional learning for teachers which supported the first four phases. Dance artists Deborah Robertson and Rachael Hare, and theatre artists Thomas Papathanassiou worked with the students from the four secondary schools, once a week at each school on Phases 1, 2 and 3 with media artist Danielle Micich joining the Buzz team for Phases 4 and 5.
Phase 1: Introduction to Form
Phase 2: Dance and theatre workshops
Phase 3: Story development and student-driven projects
Phase 4: Filming, editing and producing
Phase 5: Final production elements and presentation
For more information about the Buzz Dance Theatre AIR project download the 2009-2010 Case Study Publication here or individual project chapter.
AIR Project Coordinator and Specialist Artist: Deborah RobertsonC/o-West Australian BalletEmail: email@example.com
Rachel Bott (nee Hare)
Balcatta, Balga, Greenwood and Wanneroo Senior High Schools
Principal: Anna Kristancic Dance Teacher Coordinator: Alison Martin Dance Teacher: Danielle Grills
Principal: Geoff Harris Deputy Principal: Melissa Gillett Chaplain: Alison Dee Dance Teacher: Cynthia Johnson SNSEP Support Teacher: Nelle Hokianga
Participating students: Michael Gama, Rose Ilaiu, Safa Mangok, Beh Wantee, Shedrach Duwana, Befford Saydee, Michael Bangura, Moses Njik Kalau, Natarra Croft, Eunice Bugabwenda, Joe (Prince) Doegolia, Boas Mtwale, Lawrence Shuruma, Deborah Foa’i.
Principal: Pauline White Dance Teacher: Kellie Thompson Assistant: Morgan Dunk
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