Task 1: Introduction

Dance (Ages 11-14)
Task 1: Introduction
  • Introduction to Miriam Hyman and the 7/7 bombings
  • Dance is part of culture
  • Introduction to Odissi
Key Messages
  • Miriam’s Vision is the Hyman family’s way of trying to help you to create a safer, more inclusive society in response to what happened to Miriam.
  • Dance is universal, with local variations.
  • Understand why they are participating in these activities
  • Make links between Miriam, her story and the location of Odisha
  • Find out who Miriam Hyman was and how her story links to Odissi dance (through the location of her memorial, the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre in Odisha).
  • Think about dance as part of culture, including their own.


Tell the students what the Miriam’s Vision resource and this module are about, share the title, key message, objectives.

Introduce the theme, Different Backgrounds, Common Ground. What could this mean in relation to Dance and in wider contexts? (Dance appears in every culture, with local differences.)

Explain that the module starts by setting the context with some video and a presentation.

Show Miriam’s Story video package Parts 1 to 4 (total 8 minutes).

Allow more or less time for this activity depending on how much discussion is appropriate for your group before, between and / or after each of the (approximately) two-minute sections:

  • What happened on 7th July 2005? (Four suicide bombs in a coordinated attack on the London transport system during the morning rush hour, killing fifty-two people and directly or indirectly affecting unrecorded numbers of people.)
  • Why is it known as “7/7”? (Because it happened on the seventh day of the seventh month.)
  • (It may be appropriate to discuss your group’s knowledge of 7/7, or any aspect they bring up after seeing the package.)
  • Who was Miriam Hyman? (One of the fifty-two people killed on 7/7.)
  • What is the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust (MHMT)? (The Hyman family set up this charity in Miriam’s memory.)
  • What is the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre (MHCECC)? (The centre was opened in 2008 and named after Miriam. The MHMT supports the MHCECC and the Hyman family are happy to have created a lasting, living memorial to Miriam that helps a lot of children and their families.)
  • Where is the MHCECC? (In India, in the state of Odisha.)

How does Miriam’s Vision fit in? Distribute copies of MV Resource 0 Info for Students. Discuss. (The MHMT wants to help YOU to participate in creating a safer, more inclusive society so that events like 7/7 are less likely to recur. One way of doing this is to be aware that, despite local differences, we all have fundamental common needs that unite us.)


Explain that all parts of the world have their own traditional dance forms. We are going to explore the traditional dance form in the locality of the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre. (Do they remember where it is? Odisha, India.)

Show MV Dance Resource 1.1 Intro to Odissi (Powerpoint). It introduces Miriam, the location of the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre in Odisha, and the history and features of Odissi dance.

Discuss slides as appropriate to your group. Points to bring out:

  • Odissi has distinctive features as one of India’s eight major dance forms
  • Odissi has a variety of forms, one of which is narrative through a vocabulary of movements

The final slide summarises the module. Students will:

  • Become familiar with Odissi
  • Learn a short Odissi sequence
  • Think about dance in their own environment
  • Choreograph and perform their own narrative sequence



Class discussion: What did they find out? Was there anything particularly interesting or surprising?