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.