Discover your dance aesthetic, explore different rhythms and make up your own dance moves in this Family Activity for Victory Dance
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Every dancer has a style, or aesthetic—something unique about the way they dance that makes them special. In this activity, discover your dancer identity and design a fantasy dance costume to match!
Materials: Dance costume worksheet
There are many, many, many kinds of dances. From tap to flamenco and from kathak
to ballet, humans from all over the world have found different ways to move their bodies throughout history. Watch the videos below to see some of the dance styles coming to The New Victory Theater this summer:
Now it is your turn to choose your favorite dance style! Try out some dance moves that you saw in the videos, or think about the style of dance you like best. Ask yourself:
- Do you like to move your feet quickly?
- Do you like to move with grace and poise?
- Do you like to boogie?
- Do you like to dance with other people or as a soloist?
- Do you like to dance with props?
Once you have discovered your favorite dance style, it's time to give it a name. Decide on an adjective that personalizes your dance move, and then the dance style that inspires you. Are you a Boogying Ballerina? A Funky Tapper? Fill it in on your dance costume worksheet
Take a look at some of the costumes from Victory Dance.
With your dance style in mind, design your costume on this worksheet
. Think about what you will be most comfortable in, what fits your dance style and, most importantly, what represents you as a dancer.
Music makes you move, and if you can move, you can dance! Our Victory Dance companies dance to a variety of musical styles, spoken word poems and unconventional sounds. In this activity, see how different sounds influence the way you move.
Before dancing, take a minute to stretch, change into comfortable clothes and find a place in your home where there is room to move around. To warm up, try the following:
- Roll your shoulders backwards and forwards.
- Stretch your arms all the way up towards the ceiling.
- Sit on the floor with your knees bent and the bottoms of your feet touching each other. That's butterfly position. Now, try to smell your toes. Pee-yew!
- Lift your shoulders up towards your ears.
- Bend over and stretch your arms towards your toes. Can you touch your toes? Your shins? Your knees?
Now it's time to find the rhythm. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, put on a playlist and try to bounce to the beat of each song. Once you get into the groove, try the next song and see how fast you can find the rhythm with your body.
You found the rhythm by bouncing—now, put on your favorite song and find the beat with different parts of your body. Can you find the rhythm...
- In your shoulders?
- In your hips?
- In your feet?
- In your neck?
- In your fingers?
- In your chin?
- In your nose?
- In your eyes?
Get ready to move as you put your dance aesthetic and rhythm skills to the test by creating your very own dance phrase! That is a small piece of choreography that you can expand into a larger dance sequence.
From the previous activity, pick three body parts that you like putting rhythm into the most. Name them A, B and C. Put on a song and see all the different ways you can move them. For example:
- A = Shoulders. I roll my shoulders forward.
- B = Hips. I isolate my hips and swing them from side-to-side.
- C = Fingers. I reach my fingers towards the sky while my feet come into relevé.
Each member of your family can create their own three moves!
Once you have created your three moves, try to find a way to transition from move A to move B to move C. Do all three in a row, and repeat them to the rhythm of the music. You have just created a dance phrase.
Perform your dance phrases for each other. Invite friends and family members to watch you perform them to the music.
Put on different songs and see how your phrase changes depending on the different rhythms of music.
Learn each other's dance phrases, combine them to make one longer dance sequence and perform it as a group.
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