We wrapped up our creative dance unit last week.
It was incredible to see how much improvement happened in a few weeks. Students learned how to move their bodies to the beat of the song. They were able to count the beat till 8 ( slow) or 16 ( fast) and based on that create all sort of movements and dances.
The SPAH turned out to be a very happy place for everyone just dancing and being active.
Students learned different elements in dance such as SPACE, ENERGY, TIME and BODY, and based on those elements they created their own dances.
We created a bulletin board to help them understand better all the new vocabulary words they were learning. You can see a picture below.
Then, we had students getting in small groups and creating their own dances with a very basic structure:
Every dance would have to have:
Beginning with a static movement repeated 8 times
Main part. Where students had to create 4 different movements ( each movement repeated 8 times) In this case we had students thinking of SPACE, levels, directions, pathways and shapes, ENERGY, and BODY, different parts of their body should be involved in the dance.
Ending with a static movement repeated 8 times
We used this structure for our upper elementary grades.
In second grade, students invented 4 movements dance with a partner. We really stressed the idea that every student had to create/invent a movement.
Kindergarteners and first graders moved their bodies graciously when we played the music. They were not afraid of expressing themselves throw different dances.
It was a truly wonderful experience for all learners.