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This Lesson Plan came from the work the company did with choreographer Kaley Pruitt on a work called HOLD. It is based on the idea of abstracting different words and their meaning into movement. The dancers went through this lesson plan as they created movement for the piece under the direction of the choreographer.

In this lesson plan designed for fourth graders, students learn about parts of a sentence through movement exercises.

The goal of this lesson plan is to re-enforce the importance and power of abstract thinking and abstract movement in the choreographic process. This lesson plan can help teachers fight the pre-conceived notion that dance MUST TELL A STORY, that dance MUST BE ABOUT SOMETHING.

Often, young choreographers will select a pop song because they like the lyrics. As a result, they end up choreographing to the lyrics rather than the song itself: the mood, feeling, or other associations that go along with their dance’s theme. Hopefully, this lesson plan will showcase that often times, forgetting about the lyrics and finding a different “inspiration” from the music can be successful and, in fact, better than dancing to the lyrics.

This lesson plan can take place in two parts – however, part one can be done without part two.

This lesson plan is written for four groups; however, you can break your class into any number of groups as long as it is two or more. If using more or less than four groups, adjust the supplies and songs as needed.

Students will explore energy qualities and relationships within a group using inspiration from organisms in the Great Salt Lake food chain.

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