Coward Punch -  Conflict In Movement

Coward Punch - Conflict In Movement

Lesson 6 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • The Arts
  • Dance
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will work in pairs using various leading and following techniques. They will workshop a dance that represents conflict between two people and challenges the audience to think about the impact of a Coward Punch.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore leading and following in partner dancing
  • understand how to express conflict through movement.

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • use levels to demonstrate relationship dynamics
  • apply leading and following techniques to choreographic challenges
  • tell a story through dance
  • express conflict through movement.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Dance:

  • Improvise to find new movement possibilities and explore personal style by combining elements of dance (ACADAM020)
  • Manipulate combinations of the elements of dance and choreographic devices to communicate their choreographic intent (ACADAM021)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards:
Students analyse the choreographer’s use of the elements of dance, choreographic devices, form and production elements to communicate choreographic intent in dances they make, perform and view. Students choreograph dances by manipulating and combining the elements of dance, choreographic devices, form and production elements to communicate their choreographic intent. They choreograph, rehearse and perform dances, demonstrating technical and expressive skills appropriate to the genre and style.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: The Arts – Years 7 to 10

Time required: 70 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – support students to experiment safely and use appropriate dance elements in meeting their choreographic intent

Resources required

  • Device capable of creating audiovisual recordings, such as an iPad or camera (optional)
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration

Additional info

These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.

Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.

STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.

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