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November 7, 2018

Family Activity: Velocity

In Velocity, performers beat out rhythms, tap as fast as possible and break all the rules while honoring traditional Irish dancing. In this Family Activity, build your own tap shoes, invent your own rhythms and develop new family traditions.

At Home
In this activity, make your own tap shoes! Keep in mind however, homemade tap shoes are not always friendly to hardwood floors. If you and your family make this craft, consider tapping on linoleum or the sidewalk instead.

Materials: Shoes, coins, tape
Step One: Tear off four strips of tape and stick a row of coins onto the sticky side of each one.
Step Two: Attach the strips of pennies to the soles of your shoes—one strip on the ball and another on the heel. You might need to adjust the number of coins depending on the size of your shoe.

ALTERNATE: Do you have an old pair of shoes you want to get rid of? Glue the pennies to the bottom for a permanent pair! 

On Your Way
Get ready for some percussive rhythms and fast moving feet. In this activity, test out passing rhythms back and forth to a partner.

Step One: With your partner, pick a number from one to five. Once you have it, clap out your number in a particular pattern. For example, you can choose the number three and create the pattern, "Clap" (Pause) "Clap" "Clap." Then, have your partner repeat. Try it faster, then slower and as many ways as you can!

Step Two: With that same number, put yout rhythm into something else rather than your hands. Try the following:
  • Your feet
  • Your shoulders
  • Your hips
  • Your eyes
Step Three: See how many times you can pass the same rhythm back and forth to your partner using as many body parts as possible. Then, see how fast you can do it!

After the Show In Velocity, traditions are meant to be followed—and broken! In this activity, write about some of your family customs.

Materials: Family Code of Traditions, a writing utensil

Family Code of Traditions

Step One: With your family, talk about some traditions that you share and pick three to write down. Think about the following:
  • Do you have annual holiday traditions? Birthday traditions?
  • Do you share a nightly routine? A morning routine?
  • Do you have a special place where you celebrate after big events?
  • Do you have any school traditions?
Here's an example that we made!

Family Code of Traditions Example

Step Two: Now talk about a tradition you would like to start with your family this year. Will you bake a cake for breakfast on your birthday? Listen to new music every Sunday? Start a monthly family craft day? Write it down in the second box.

Step Three: Share a photo of your family taking part in your new tradition on social media—make sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

And Beyond
Get involved in some of the numerous dance classes throughout the city.
Posted by Beth Henderson
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