Here’s a wonderful lesson plan for your beginner students which is fun, encourages creativity, literacy, free-movement and choreographic voice. See below for progressions for older & more advanced students as well!
Lesson Goal: Have dancers select 3 movements from Group A, 3 choreographic devices/ directions from Group B and 1 emotion from Group C to create their own movement sentence. Have them improvise and/or choreograph their selections with the designated emotion& perform in solos, duets, trio or large groups!
Lesson Progression Ideas:
Add more selections to each category.
Add more advanced selections to each category for older dancers.
Have dancers vary emotions throughout a longer movement phrase.
Have dancers learn each other’s phrases to build longer works.
Have dancers retrograde their movement sentences.
Vary music by randomly selecting songs each time dancer performs.
Pause for 5 seconds & start over
Repeat last step & keep going
Snap 3 times
Travel a circular path
Travel in a diagonal
Travel in a zig-zag
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