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.
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.
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
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