Task 5: Choreograph a sequence

Dance (Ages 11-14)
Task 5: Choreograph a sequence
  • Choreograph and practice a sequence including an element of Odissi
Key Messages
  • Odissi continues to thrive and evolve and is referred to in cross-cultural contexts
  • Work cooperatively to choreograph and practice a narrative sequence
  • Include at least one feature observed in Odissi
  • Include a descriptive narrative focusing on identity
  • Choreograph and practice their sequence


Review the 45 second sequence from Task 4. Main point to bring out: The descriptive narrative focused on the identity of a character.


Explain that students will be choreographing a creative piece that describes someone.

The brief:

  • Work in pairs, or groups.
  • Choose a character to describe (one of the group, someone from the school community, someone famous etc).
  • Choreograph a sequence (length decided by you or the students, depending on ability) using any style or mixture of styles, but it must include at least one Odissi element that they have observed, for example at least one stance, hand gesture, formations, etc.
  • Perfect the sequence to prepare for a performance

Give students time to practice and refine their sequence. You may wish to set this as homework.


Each group performs their sequence for the rest of the class.

Can they interpret who each others' sequences are based on?

Can the audience pick out the element of Odissi that each group has used?

Did the groups fulfill the brief?