Activity Introduction

Quick 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.

Coward Punch logo​​The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. ​​This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.


Learning intentions:

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

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingProblem SolvingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

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.

Topic: Social Issues

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.

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: coward punch, one punch, violence, conflict, contrast, dance, movement

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

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.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life. The STOP the Coward Punch campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness of the devastating impact of this scourge in our society. It aims to educate people about the risks,

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