How to pick a theme!

So, you’re getting over that 5am wake up call for entry day, you’ve submitted your entry form for the 2019 Rock Challenge® and JRock™ Tour (we can’t wait for it to begin!) and now comes the time to start choosing your theme. We know that a lot of teams would have already have started this process well before entry day, and that’s great, but don’t worry if you’re still trying to think of something, we are here to support you! Today we are going to talk about some of the most popular themes used for a Rock Challenge® and JRock™ performance.

Before we get on to that, remember that at Rock Challenge® we have seen thousands of great performances over the years and we would never steer your school in a particular direction. This is about popular themes.

When you think or choose your theme, try to think about the originality of it; has it been done before, if so how can you re-imagine it? Our judges will alway refer back to your theme description throughout your performance, so bear this in mind when choosing your theme. Also, try to picture how this will look and feel on stage and bring in other elements such as hair and make up, costumes, set design and function etc. So although we have this list of popular themes, these might be ones worth avoiding if a school’s aim is to have complete originality.

Please don’t see this as a definitive list of themes to avoid, however, as over the years we’ve seen schools still create outstanding, award-winning performances with these themes. Here are our popular themes:

  • A celebration of different styles of dance
  • Alice in Wonderland‬/drug abuse through Alice in Wonderland
  • Around the World
  • Avatar
  • Body image
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Roald Dahl
  • Circus
  • Cluedo
  • Dance through the ages
  • Day of the Dead
  • Deforestation
  • Dreams and nightmares
  • Emojis/social media/technology/internet danger/video games
  • Fame
  • Gangs
  • Global warming
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Mental health
  • Natural disasters/tsunamis
  • Paintings that come to life
  • Pandora’s Box
  • Pompeii
  • Refugees
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Seven deadly sins
  • The Elements
  • The Olympics
  • Toys
  • War/World War I/World War II/Holocaust/Hiroshima
  • Women’s Rights/Suffragettes

These theme idea might be able to spark some inspiration in your heads, wondering how you could stage these stories. Another way to find a theme if you’re stuck is to see if there is a topic in your school’s curriculum that would be cool to portray through dance, plus you have the added benefit of Education through Creation for your students.

Whatever your theme choice, whether it be a real life event or a fairytale, we wish you all the best with your preparation. Just remember, we have a great team of Ambassadors to support you across the country!

I look forward to seeing your performance on stage throughout 2019.


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