Teaching the Dance Concepts: Action
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The first dance concept we explore is the concept of Action! A body in action vs a body in non Action commonly referred as Locomotion (Traveling) and Non-Locomotion (Stationary).
When teaching these concepts I try to use props to help my dancers visualize their own Action. For Locomotion I try to use Props that dancers Can travel down, through our around. Some props I’ve used:
🟩 Balance Beams (Pictured)
For Non-Locomotor (Stationary) Movements. I look to use props they can stop and balance, jump or twirl on or inside:
🟩 Theme Shaped Foam Mats (Pictured)
How I taught the Dance Concept:
This week we did our Thankful Tree Lesson Plan 🌳
🌳Locomotion: Dancers tip tied up the tree trunk. Then chose a Branch to tip toe down.
🍁 Non-Locomotion: When they got to the leaf, they performed a First Position Plié on one and a Second Position Plié on the other.
🌳 Locomotion: They continued to walk up the tree.
🍁 Non-Locomotion: They got to pick up and throw leaves from 3 different hula hoops as they said what they were thankful for.
Get the Thankful Tree Lesson Plan
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