Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions Introductory Curriculum Overview Links to:
The Victorian Curriculum: Foundation -10 Subject: Health and Physical Education

Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions are all about creating happier and healthier young Australians who seek lifelong fitness opportunities.
To achieve this vision Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions have been developed with an emphasis on providing;

• fun, innovative and creative dance and fitness experiences
• a positive experience and mindset to health, dance and fitness
• a safe environment to foster participation and learning
• increased self-confidence, self-expression and a sense of belonging
• the opportunity to develop relationships through working with others
• learning opportunities about health and movement
• opportunities for experiencing and creating dance performances.

An Important statement about Dance
“Dance in Health and Physical Education and in The Arts
Dance is identified in the Arts learning area as one of five art forms. Schools can teach dance in Health and Physical Education in primary and secondary schools through the focus area of rhythmic and expressive movement activities. When teaching dance in Health and Physical Education the emphasis is on dance as a lifelong physical activity and the development of movement skills, concepts and patterns. Dance also provides a medium for students to develop personal and social skills and critically appraise cultural and social factors that shape their own identities, body and communities.” (VCAA, 2016, The Victorian Curriculum:Foundation-10, Health and Physical Education, p11, 2016.

The following statement of aims highlight the connection between aims of the Victorian Curriculum: Foundation F -10 : Health and Physical Education and Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions.
Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions aim to provide opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions that may enable students to:

• Enhance personal fitness and develop an understanding of how continued safe
participation in dance and movement can
assist in lifelong health related fitness and wellbeing.
• Recognise and embrace personal identity, individual effort and diversity,
as well as developing strategies for working successfully in groups.
• Perform fundamental movement skills and to learn and perform dance
and fitness specific skills creatively with confidence and competence.
• Experience fun, creative, developmentally appropriate
and non-competitive dance and fitness experiences.
• Participate in global and contemporary dance and fitness experiences that
bring awareness to, and encourage connection with community
programs for ongoing movement experiences.

Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions are designed primarily on the focus areas of Rhythmic and Expressive Movement (RE) and Lifelong Physical Activity (LPA) to provide a context for which the development of knowledge, skills, understandings and dispositions relating to the Victorian Curriculum may be developed.
Emphasis of Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions are based primarily on the Movement and Physical Activity Strand and where possible, contextual and balanced learning opportunities provided for the Strand of Personal, Social and Community Health.
Below provides an overview of the way in which Nikki Visaj Dance and Fitness Incursions may assist schools in addressing curriculum content within the strands of the Victorian Curriculum- F-10: Health and Physical Education. The overview content listed within each strand highlights a broad range of possible content that may be developed within Incursion sessions and therefore it is important to note that only limited areas can be addressed in a session.
This document is an introductory overview only, of a broad range of possible content. It is not a complete program or specific link to every strand, sub strand or content descriptor for each level of learning from F-10.

Personal, Social and Community Health
Movement and Physical Activity

by learning about:
• fuelling and hydrating the body
• the importance of regular physical activity
• identity, self- expression and self-acceptance through dance and fitness.
• healthy, safe and pro-active physical activity choices
• safe dance and fitness practices
• global and contemporary dance and fitness experiences
• promoting, accessing and connecting with similar programs and opportunities within local communities

by learning about and/or performing:
• contextual fundamental movement skills
• dance and fitness specific skills with confidence and competence
• movements into sequences
• adapted and modified movement skills and sequences to create routines or dances
• movement concepts in enhancing performance
• regular and ongoing participation in physical activity through enjoyable and engaging dance and fitness activities
• how the body moves when engaged in dance and fitness activities.
• how contextual movements skills are performed and the effect on the body of these movements
• technique and how it assists in improving skill development
• fitness concepts and how these apply to their own bodies
• how fitness concepts are applied within dance and fitness sessions
• personal skills such as self- awareness, self-management, persistence and striving to improve performance through participation in individual routines or group dance and fitness routines
• creative thinking, decision making and critical thinking in relation to creating choreography for individual or group routines
• strategies to communicate and work co-operatively with others to achieve a common goal during group work

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 content elements are  © VCAA, reproduced by permission. Victorian Curriculum F-10 elements accurate at time of publication. The VCAA does not endorse or make any warranties regarding this resource. The Victorian Curriculum  F-10 and related content can be accessed directly at the VCAA website.

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