Moving through space, using different tempos and locomotor movements and levels. This lesson plan relates to the Feet Dance in Fin Amour.
Students will create a pattern using basic locomotor movement then explore their pattern in Time using different levels.
A large open space, music or a drum
State your class goals, space boundaries
Have students make a list of locomotor movements or ways to travel from one place to another in space. With music have student practice some of these movements.
Select 3 different locomotor movements and create a pattern. For example, run, slide, roll. Practice as a group. Then introduce the idea of time. Try doing the pattern as slowly as possible. Try doing the pattern as fast as possible. Then introduce levels. Try doing the pattern low to the ground, high in the air, in the middle.
In groups, have students select 3 locomotor movements to create a pattern. Ask them to include one that is slow and one that is very fast. Also ask them to include high, medium and low levels.
Perform the patterns for one another using music. Ask students to look for different speeds and levels and locomotor movements as they are watching groups perform.
Extension to the Lesson
Add a frozen beginning and ending shape to the pattern. One on a low level and one on a high level.
Follow Up Resources
Dance To Learn video lesson plans.