Background: These three
dances can be used individually as a single lesson or grouped
to form a short dance unit. The dances use sport
pictures of athletes in action poses as the theme for the
dance. Student reproduce the pictures by making still body
shapes that represent the athlete's poses.
Dance 1 Sport Pictures in a Circle.
Dance 2 Sport Pictures on Cones,
Dance 3 Sport Pictures Partner Dance.
Grade Level: 3-8
Equipment: A collection of 30- 40 sport pictures that include male and female athletes from a variety of sports. Music can be sport related such as Jock Jams, the Olympic theme or other sports themed music.
Dance 1. Sport Pictures in a Circle.
In a large circle on the floor, place 20 -30 pictures of athletes in a sport action pose, pictures are facing out of the circle with one to two feet between each picture. Each student stand outside of the circle facing a picture. The dance begins with the student looking a the picture and reproducing the athlete's pose with their body holding the pose still. On the teacher's signal (a whistle or call "change") the students move to the picture on their right. They make their body into the still shape of the athlete in this picture. Again, a change signal is called and the students move to the next picture. This procedure continues until the students have made the shapes of 10-15 pictures. Next, add music. When the music is on, the students jog in a circle counter clockwise around the pictures and when the music stops they quickly make the pose of the athlete in the picture that is near where they stopped. The amount of time the student maintains the still pose can be changed from 2-12 counts.
Dance 2 Sport Pictures on Cones
athletes are taped to cones placed in a random formation
in the space. Two pictures are taped to each cone,
one on each side. The cones are spaced about 5-10 feet
apart to allow for movement between the spaces. Students
begin to perform a selected locomotor movement (runm walk,
slide, gallop, leap, jump or hop) when the music is on
moving between the cones. When the music stops, the
students face a cone and reproduce the athlete's pose in
the picture. This procedure is repeated 5-10 times to
allow students to travel to different pictures. Next, the
students will create an individual dance that uses three
sport pictures. Students select one picture as their
first post and go to that cone and make the still pose for
8 counts. Next they select a second picture and they go to
that cone and make the still pose for 8 counts and then
choose a third picture and go to the third cone and make
the still pose holding still for 8 counts. Students
review the three pictures moving to each cone to reproduce
the shape to practice and remember their sequence.
Next, students choose a locomotor movement to travel for 8
counts from Picture 1 to Picture 2 and they choose a
different locomotor movement to travel for 8 counts from
Picture 2 to Picture 3. Now, they combine the
pictures and locomotor movments into a dance. The
Picture 1 8 counts + Locomotor movement 8 counts + Picture 2 8 counts + Locomotor movement 8 counts + Picture 3 8 counts.
Students practice their dance and then 1/2 of the class can perform while the other half observes and then the observers and performs switch.
Dance 3 Sport Picture Partner Dance
This is a great activity to conduct as a follow up to Activity 1 Students use their imagination to create a three part dance based on a selected sport picture
Students are assigned a partner. Together they select a sport picture. The picture can represent one athlete or multiple athletes.
The dance has three parts, A B & C.
Part A. What actions did the athlete perform before the picture was taken? Students create a sequence of movements that represents what they think the athlete was doing before the picture was taken. They have 16 counts of movement to express their idea. Students create and practice.
Part B. The picture. Students reproduce the shape of the athlete in the picture and hold the still shape for 8 counts.
Part C. What actions did the athlete perform after the picture was taken? Students create a sequence of movements that represent what they think the athlete did after the picture was taken. They use 16 counts of movement to express their idea. Students create and practice.
Student practice combining all three parts into a complete dance Part A = 16 counts Part B = 8 counts Part C = 16 countsr