Seven Jumps 

Background:  This dance is appropriate for ages  4 - 8.  The dance is from Denmark and presents a sequence of movements that are added on one by one through the seven Figures.  Each Figure action is help for the duration of the sustained note which varies with each repetition.  This is a great dance for emphasizing listening skills, balance, and body part identification.

Formation:  Single circle, dancers begin facing center. Dancers can be holding hands or not holding hands.  Another option is to use a random formation where the dancers skip or step hop using in their pathway.

Movements: Skipping or Step Hops

Description:

Chorus:  This movement phrase is repeated after each of the seven Figures listed below.  The dance begins with the Chorus phrase.  Take 7 skips or step hops on each beat and on the 8th beat end with a jump.  When using a single circle, the chorus moves to the right and the dancers face center on the jump.

Figure 1. On the first sustained note raise the right knee and stand on the left foot.  Then place two feet on the floor, standing, on the next note. (This note is repeated at the end of each figure as a "get ready" to skip or step hop note.

Chorus

Figure 2. Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then stand two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus

Figure 3. Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then kneel on the right knee on the third note, then stand two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus

Figure 4. Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then kneel on the right on the third note, then add the left knee on the fourth note, then stand on two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus

Figure 5. Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then kneel on the right on the third note, then add the left knee on the fourth note, next place the right elbow on the floor on the fifth note, then stand on two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus

Figure 6. Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then kneel on the right on the third note, then add the left knee on the fourth note, next place the right elbow on the floor on the fifth note, add the left elbow on the sixth note, then stand on two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus

Figure 7,.Raise right knee and lower it on the first note, raise the left knee and lower it on the second note, then kneel on the right on the third note, then add the left knee on the fourth note, next place the right elbow on the floor on the fifth note,  add the left elbow on the sixth note, then place the forehead gently touching the floor on the seventh note, then stand on two feet on the "get ready" note.

Chorus