Dance Arts Education
Dance Arts Education (DArE) @ Zhenghua
DArE @ Zhenghua – Dance Arts Education @ Zhenghua Primary School is a school customised dance arts programme, where students are provided with dance education during formal curriculum. It is specially conceptualized & designed to develop students in Zhenghua into ‘culturally vibrant’ citizens. The school was the only primary school to be awarded the National Arts Education Award – Gold for her outstanding efforts in providing holistic education through the arts for her students in 2009 and the Blaze Award in 2013.DArE has been accorded the Programme for School-Based Excellence award (PSE) for its Cultural Dances from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, it was changed to the School’s Niche. In 2014, it evolved into the school’s Learning for Life Programme.
DArE has a strong National Education element, where students are exposed to dances of the 3 main ethnic groups in Singapore and other international dances. The intent is to encourage our students to embrace diversity. Students are taught fundamentals of dance movements and the ways to create dance movements in accordance to music. They are also required to choreograph their dance routines.
DArE Curriculum @ Zhenghua
Every student will go through a total of 40 hours of dance education in his or her six years in school.
P1 (Foundation year)
P2 Theme: Chinese Culture
Chinese Dance (Basic Steps of Chinese and Mongolian Dance)
P3 Theme: Malay Culture
Malay Dance (Basic Steps of Zapin and Joget)
P4 Theme: Indian Culture
Indian Dance (Basic Steps of Bharatanatyam)
P5 Theme: International Cultures
P6 Theme: International Cultures
Besides the DArE lessons, dance education at Zhenghua is supported by Assembly programmes, Performing Arts CCAs and learning journeys.
The school makes a concerted effort to provide the exposure and experience to arts education through the assembly programmes. Students’ learning of the various dance genres are further enhance through these assembly programmes which are led by our Performing Arts Groups or Arts Groups recognised by the National Arts Council.
DArE Ambassadors & Zhenghua Dazzlers
Besides providing a broad-based integrated cultural dance education for its P1 to P3 students during curriculum time, the school has also identified and developed a core group of young dance talents, affectionately known as the DArE Ambassadors, to be fully engaged in this particular fine art of dance. These 7 & 8 year old aspiring artistes have been growing from strength to strength. They have performed at numerous platforms such as City Dance Bliss organized by MOE, Arts Education Forum, and SYF @ Ngee Ann City. They have even participated in International Arts Festival 2012 @ Genting Highlands and won a Silver Award.
At the end of P2, the DArE Ambassadors will be channeled to the 3 cultural dance groups where their talents will be nurtured further.
|DArE Ambassadors Performance @ Ngee Ann City||DArE Ambassadors Performance @ MOE Excel Fest 2013|
Performance @ Singapore Day in Shanghai
All these public performances have not only provided platforms for the young dancers to develop their talents, it has, more importantly taught them the school values of Care, Respect & Responsibility. These are valuable lessons to inculcate & develop the Disciplined, Respectful & Ethical Minds of the children, eventually growing the child into a person of good character, & culturally vibrant.
Talent Development in 3 Ethnic Dance CCAs
Selection of DArE Ambassadors from DArE Broadbased Programme through assessment
DArE Ambassadors will be given extra practices to develop their skills. They will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents at various platforms.
At the end of P2, the DArE Ambassadors will be channeled to the 3 ethnic dance groups.
P3 – P6
Dances go through the fundamentals in the 3 ethnic dances
Dance Advocates for West Zone 5 Cluster Schools
As a Centre of Learning for Dance Arts Education, the school has been organising W5 Cluster Dance Symposium since 2009.
The event serves to draw together members & advocates of dance education from the W5 Cluster to explore the role of dance in arts education as an integral & critical part of a child’s holistic development. It is also a time for like-minded individuals to share their passion & challenges encountered in their respective paths in championing arts education in primary schools.
Dance Performances at ZHPS Arts OutReach Programme (Local & Global)
We firmly believe in using arts as a platform to serve the community through which we hope to develop a greater sense of rootedness in our students.
Chat Time with Parents (CHiMES) cum Talent Night @ Zhenghua
During SYF years, the school takes the opportunity to reconnect parents with our teachers and instructors as well as our young talents of the school’s performing arts CCAs. Parents get the opportunity to interact with other students, parents and teachers involved in the aesthetics and performing arts scene in Zhenghua Primary School.
CHiMES also serves as a platform for the school to share more information on the SYF journey. It allows parents to have a better understanding of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging and the process of our preparation.
During the Talent Night, students showcase their SYF performance items. External Adjudicators were invited to provide comments for improvement on the SYF pieces. A simplified version of the SYF Judging criteria was also given to parent.
All feedback and comments received were given to the respective instructors. Instructors then used these comments to fine tune the SYF items.