Dancers use their movements to tell a story. Create a dance story using the template below. You can make your story be about anything you want.
Step 1: Choose a Main Idea. This is what your dance story will be based on.
Step 2: Based on your main idea, choose 3 supporting details. Make sure they are related to your main idea. Write it down in the “Think” column.
Step 3: Create your choreography. Write down your movements based on that supporting detail in the “Move” column. Create an 8-count dance phrase for each supporting detail.
Step 4: You can draw a picture in the “Draw” column.
Put all of your movements together and create a dance based on your dance story. Post your Dance Story movements on the flip grid.
Folk dances are dances that are handed down from generation to generation. They help cultures keep their traditions and stories.
Read and Watch the video links and practice the Movements! Think about the similarities and differences of these cultural dances.
Background: This dance from Germany expresses the actions of a shoemaker, winding a bobbin, pulling the thread, tapping the nails or pegs into the shoe. A long time ago shoes were not made by machines in factories but by shoemakers in their little shops. The shoemaker sewed the leather with a big needle and a very heavy thread. He fastened the soles on with pegs or nails.
Formation: Double circle
Movements: Hand gestures, skipping
SEVEN JUMPS from Denmark
TARANTELLA from Italy
There are many ways to express yourself. In Dance....all movement is a form of expression. This means communicating ideas, concepts, stories, emotions, and more.
One of the ways to express an idea is through the use of GESTURES.
Gestures are usually performed with the upper body, but it is possible to perform them with different parts of the body.
Gestures are a part of everyday life and can be used to have a great effect when used in our dances. For example, shaking the head to say no, blowing a kiss, winking, raising your hand as to say “talk to the hand” or cleaning your teeth.
In this activity you will be creating your own movement sequence by using gestures, as well as adding different locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
Choose one gesture, one locomotor, and one non-locomotor movement and see if you can put them together to form a movement sequence in order to create your dance.
Challenge yourself to change your level or direction.
(See the movement list below for ideas)
WAVE 8 times / HOP 4 times / SPIN 2 times
AXIAL VERBS: bend, stretch, swing, spin, balance, push, pull, shake, throw, catch
LOCOMOTOR VERBS: leap, hop, skip, tiptoe, gallop, lunge, crawl, scoot, roll, slither
Direction: Side to side, Backwards, Forward, Towards, Away, Over, Under, Diagonal, Around
Do you know the different stages of the life cycle of the butterfly? Read the book(or watch the video below) The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and look for the different stages of the life cycle. Create shapes of the different stages of the life cycle with your body. If you can, add music in order to make your life cycle "dance". What other life cycles can you create with your body? Post your life cycle movements to the Flip Grid.
Everyone Can Dance...even giraffes
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a great book where we meet Gerald the giraffe and follow him along as he learns that his dancing is beautiful too.
Here is the video of the story Giraffes Can’t Dance.
See video above...
Now that you have already seen the story, reflect on when and how you feel like Gerald the giraffe.
When you are finished discussing the video... we would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your thoughts using the forms button.
CREATE an Animal Inspired Dance:
In the story there is a long list of action words that Gerald does during his journey. Please think of a grassland (African Safari) animal that you could create motion(s) for to represent the animal.
In your original dance try to include 1-4 motions. Make sure you have enough space and a clean background behind you when you take pictures/video. Dances should not be more than 4 motions in length, feel free to repeat your dance two times if you want -(1GB file size max). No audio is needed.
List of action/motions from the story: Creep, sway, shuffling, swishing, swing, leap, twirled, bow
Possible directions/pathways you could move---sideways, forward/back, zig zag, up/down
Silly videos to also get you up and moving:
Monkey See Monkey Do Giraffe Dance
Just Dance Kids: The Monkey Dance