Connect the Spots

Background:In this dance students create a dance that uses still shapes and pathways and then create a story that expresses their movements and shapes.

Grade: 2-5

Formation: Random

Equipment: Three poly spots for each student or 25-30 poly spots arranged randomly in the space. Or students organized into groups of three and one poly spot marker for each student.

Description:

This activity can be completed by the student individually or as a group of three.

Students place or choose a poly spot marker for the beginning of their dance.  This is like first base.
Students freeze on first base in a twisted shape for 8 counts.  They can choose the level.

Student place or choose a second poly spot marker for the middle of their dance.  This is like second base.
Students freeze on second base in a round or curved shape for 8 counts.  They can choose the level.

Students place or choose a third poly spot marker for the end of their dance.  This is like third base.
Students freeze on third base in a straight straight shape for 8 counts. Then can choose the level.

Students review the shape locations by going to their first, second and third spot marker and practice holding the shape for a count of 8.

Students choose a locomotor movement that they can use to travel from the first spot to the second spot. They also choose a straight, curvy or zig zag pathway and a tempo (how fast or slow to move).
Students practice their first shape, twisted, for 8 counts on the first spot marker, then travel using their locomotor movement choice to the second spot and make the curved shape and hold for 8 counts.

Student choose a different locomotor movement that they can use to travel from the second spot to the third spot. They also choose a straight, curvy or zig zag pathway and a tempo (how fast or slow to move) that is different from the move from spot one to two.

Student practice the complete sequence as follows:
Twisted shape + Locomotor movement + Curved/Round shape + Locomotor movement + Straight Shape.

A variation to the is dance is that  students create an imaginary story that provides meaning to the shapes and the locomotor movements. They can use a story about an animal that is sleeping in a twisted shape, wakes up and travels out to look for food. It finds food and freezes in a curved shape and then sees a friend and moves along a winding pathway to visit the friend and freezes in a straight shape.  Or the story can be about an athlete that starts the game in a twisted shape read to move and travels down the soccer field, falls to the ground in a round shape, gets up and travels to the goal to shoot and ends in a straight kicking shape.