Continue your dancing throughout the summer. Look at the previously posted lessons and do the ones you have not yet attempted....or review the ones you like.
There are also some free dance links that you can access listed below. Included are some fee based classes as well.
Have a terrific Summer....and keep DANCING!
Here is the link to the free class on Tuesdays!
Fee Based (but offer some free community classes)
The Dance Awards
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. You can add music that is related to your story.
Folk Dance: Lion Dance vs. Dragon Dance
Folk dances represent one of the strongest ways (sometimes truly ancient) traditions of countries and regions can be showcased to the public and are passed down from generation to generation to help keep a culture or tradition alive.
Two traditional dances are discussed below.
Read about each style of dance. Watch the video links and practice the Movements! Think about the similarities and differences of these two amazing dance genres.
Observe while you watch...and look for interesting pathways, costumes, and colors.
Additional Art lessons:
CREATING A DANCE
Ideas for Dance come from a lot of places.
Choreographers are people who create dances. They use a variety of sources as inspiration and take these ideas and put them into movement for artistic expression.
1. For example, music, observed dance, books, poetry, things in nature: trees, wind, animals, etc., or a personal experience.
2. Improvise or make up a series of movements that have a beginning, middle, and end. (like a story).
In this activity you will become a choreographer and create your own dance. Choose 3 Locomotor and non-Locomotor (Axial) Movements and put them together to create your dance.
JUMP 8 times / TWIST 4 times / TURN 2 times
Practice the different moves and choose a combination of jump/twist/turn or whatever 3 Locomotor and Axial movements you want. Challenge yourself to change your level or direction.
(See the movement list below for ideas)
Post your choreography to the Flip Grid:
Use the link below to add music oryou can pick your own song:
Additional movements and directions are below in order to create your choreography.
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
Here are some movements to explore:
This is a move that defies and lifts the body off the floor. There are five basic jumps that are determined by the number of feet a person has on the floor when they take off and land from a jump. The 5 jumps are:
1. Two feet to two feet. 2:2
2. Two feet to one foot. 2:1
3. One foot to the same foot. 1: same 1
4. One foot to the other foot. 1: other 1
5. One foot to two feet. 1:2
Practice the 5 jumps styles. Pick your favorite style of jump and play with the movement by changing levels or direction.
Try these jumps at different levels…. low to the ground, mid- level, and up high.
You can change directions while you jump. Jump side to side or front to back. Jump with a turn or to a diagonal.
A turn is a rotating movement performed with the entire body resulting in a change of direction. Some examples are cartwheels, pirouettes, and somersaults.
We are also able to rotate each of our body parts, this action is known as twisting.
Circles are shapes that are used very often in dance. There are many ways that you can use them in your dance in order to create interesting movements.
1. Circle a particular body part
2. Trace circles on the floor or in the air
3. Move parts or your whole body in a circular motion
4. Travel in a circle
The three levels of dance moves are known to be high, middle, and low.
* High-level are movements that are either elevated or aerial in space. When a dancer jumps, leaps or hops, he or she is considered doing the high-level dance movement.
* Middle level refers to a dancer’s movement when he or she is standing but not in an upright position. (Bent over)
* Low level refers to floor work or any dance movement and action that take place on the floor. It includes, crawling, slithering, and rolling.
Animals on the MOVE: Inspired by Lion King on Broadway
Musicals are the embodiment of the Visual and Performing arts. It is one of the few places where you can be immersed in a story through music, dance and art through the magic of theater. Today you will get to watch a variety of videos related to the third LONGEST running Broadway show, THE LION KING. The show opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 13, 1997.
Many of you may have seen the animated movie but the Broadway production has dances that are very unique due to the amazingly creative costumes and elaborate puppetry created for this show. Now sit back and relax as you enjoy a video of “The Circle of Life” performed at the Music Awards Gala 2018.
The Lion King - Circle of Life | Musical Awards Gala 2018
Optional Follow up videos:
Learn a dance from the Lion King cast. Produced by Get up and Go movement
Respond & Reflect:
Now that you have seen the video of “The Circle of Life” think about how the different animals move. Each costume is an embodiment of the animal and the shows’ creators had to figure out how each animal should move.
Can you list 2 or 3 animals from the dance? Describe how they moved? Try the motion(s) yourself.
Create & perform:
Now there are many other animals in our world. Can you think of 2 or 3 other animals that were not shown in the video? Try to create motions that are inspired by the animal(s) you have chosen? There is a list of Locomotor and non-locomotor motions at the end of lesson)
Share your creation with us.....
In your original dance try to include 2-6 motions inspired by animal. Make sure you have enough space and a clean background behind you when you take pictures/video. Dances should not be more than 6 motions in length. Feel free to repeat your dance two times if you want (1GB file size max). No audio is needed.
******IF your parents give you permission- share that video to flip-grid - See the tab, on the cvesdvapa.weebly.com, that has MORE...and scroll down to the flip grid link for Flip-Grid Challenge.
Flip Grid Connection
Locomotor Movement – Traveling
Climbing Creeping Crawling Dodging Galloping Hobbling Hopping Jumping
Leaping Limping Marching Plodding Prancing Rolling Running Sauntering
Scrambling Scurrying Skipping Sliding Sprinting Staggering Stalking Strutting
Swinging Trudging Walking
Non-locomotor -Axial -Stationary
Balancing Bending Bouncing Collapsing Contracting Curling Dodging Drooping Expanding Falling Flopping Hanging Leaning Pouncing Rising Rocking Rotating Shaking Sinking Sitting Slouching Spinning Springing Squirming Swaying Swinging Tumbling Turning Twisting Wiggling Waving Whirling
Other Movement vocabulary:
Glide, float, fly, soar, sail, swoop, slide, slither, plunge, dive, drift, climb,
Swim, lope, jog, trot, burrow, wallow, buck, rear, spin, explode, burst, bubble, melt, freeze, ooze, boil, seethe, simmer, swirl, crumble, crumple, crash, shelter, evaporate, shrink, shrivel, disintegrate, infiltrate
Fidget Spinner Dance Game
Step 1: Build the spinner using your favorite motions.
Fill in your wheel with the 21 basic moves poster, or
Locomotor/Non-locomotor-Axial moves list and add create one of your own.
OR...Click on the link below for a digital spinner.
Step 2: Place the fidget Spinner in the middle of the spinner you have filled in. If you don’t have a spinner, you can use a paper clip and hold it in place with a pencil (image below if needed)
Step 3: Spin the Fidget spinner and when it stops, perform the motion it points to. Then spin again and continue to perform the previous motion until the spinner stops again. When the Fidget spinner “Spins” you “dance” and when it stops you stop dancing.
Optional: add a second spinner to help decide how many repetitions of each motions to perform before spinning again.
What Is Line Dancing?
By Treva Bedinghaus Updated May 05, 2019
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows, most often without the dancers making contact with one another.
All the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Although there are usually several lines, small groups may only form one line, but it's still considered a line dance even if only two people are participating.
From the American immigrants' adaptation of polka and the waltz in the 1800s that developed into square dancing to folk dances in schools of the 1900s, the origins of this dance format are widespread. Discover more about this centuries-old dance format and how to line dance below.
Line Dancing History
Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country-western dancing. Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today.
During the 1980s and 1990s, line dances started being created for popular country songs. One example is a dance made for Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 smash hit "Achy Breaky Heart." Even pop music began to see an upswing in line dances in the 1990s, with "the Macarena" serving as a sort of hybrid folk-pop dance number that swept the world by storm.
See 3 videos below and follow along. Have Fun!