Dance improvisations : warm-ups, games and choreographic by Justine Reeve








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Flex forwards with arms in fourth position. 4. Ask the dancers to put several of these experiments together to make either a spine exercise or a phrase, finding a way to link the arms together. 5. , plié in second position, lunge and tilt, feet in fourth position, a triplet, a jump or any way of travelling). Here is a short list of ideas: Plié (bend both knees in any position) Lunge (one leg is straight and the other is bent) Fondu (balance on one bent leg) Any elevation or aerial step: jump or sauté (two feet to two feet), hop or temps levé (one foot to same), leap or jeté (one foot to the other foot), assemblé (one foot to two feet) and sissonne (two feet to one foot) Repeating triplet steps (down, up, up) 6.

Further Development Take two dancers from one of the smaller groups and put them into another group. Ask them to learn each other’s sequence or phrase and add it together with their own group’s phrase. Then, keep combining groups until you have longer quartets that have everyone’s introduction movement in them. 26 DANCE IMPROVISATIONS Chase the Mouse This warm-up game is beneficial for new groups in a new space. The students will be running and dodging, so ensure that the floor and footwear or bare feet are not slippery.

5. Stop the group when the smaller group task has worked successfully, and set up the next stage by asking them to try to follow the leader of the group without discussing anything during the task itself. This will mean that they will have to frequently swap over the role of being the leader and to have all been the leader in the time given. The dancers may find it a challenge to take the lead without discussion but it will start to develop their unspoken dance language. Teaching Tip You can incorporate learning the main body actions in this task.

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