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Stage Statues

Updated: Apr 9

Objectives: SWBAT

· RECOGNIZE various concepts of Body as an element of Dance

· COLLABOARATE with others to CREATE abstract shapes with their body parts

· PERFORM final movement

· IDENTIFY uses of Body components within performed movement


Warm-Up/Pre Lesson

· Play a variated game of freeze dance. Explain to students FREEZE LEVELS. Students will just move freely in space, teacher will call out a level and count them in to freeze in a shape in the instructed level. Encourage students to be mindful and aware of the shapes they decide to hold.

· Count them in to release out of movement and continue improvisation

· Feel free to give students musical cues to hold and release on to begin exploring the art of listening. Choose music with distinct and rhythmic sounds to start

· Give students specific emotions, directions to guide improvisation and choices in shapes

· For middle/high school programs, you can start as solo or duet explorations as a part of a short warm up.


Lesson Assignment (Middle/High School)

· Inform students they have been hired to perform on an industrial job: a company party for a well-known fashion line. The client wants small clumps of dancers to morph from one shape to the next in 5 minute intervals. They all have to be physically connected with one another and the morph must happen seamlessly.

· Break students up into groups. Between three and five people suggested.

· For final class showcase, students can change shapes every 2-3 counts of 8 depending on the tempo of the song


Lesson Assignement (Elementary School Programs, Pop Up Workshops)

· For elementary school programs, this can be done as a solo, duet, and trio

· Teacher should decide how students complete assignment based on how students work together.

· Encourage students to generate a story behind the connection of their movements with the music. Ask them to explain then show.


Things to Consider

· For public, charter, or private school programs, this lesson can be done over time. The group and its shapes can be added to choreography for program recital.


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