If you’ve shied away from teaching dance-related movement skills in your class because you’re unfamiliar with the subject or think your class won’t be interested, consider this: Creative movement exercises help young people develop important learning skills, such as group dynamics, listening, problem solving, and language. Plus, creative movement skills are a fun way to introduce students to using movement as a form of expression.
Now there’s a resource that makes it easy for you to include creative movement exercises in your class so that your students can learn these valuable skills. Perpetual Motion: Creative Movement Exercises for Dance and Dramatic Arts
helps you get both female and male students excited about dance, build essential skills, and improve educational outcomes—even if you’ve never taught movement exercises before.
introduces more than 100 movement exercises organized around six themes: rules, recipes, props, poetry and prose, objects and images, and integrated arts.
Everything you need is here to inspire students to step out of their movement comfort zones and develop their own potential. Each chapter identifies a theme, specific learning skills, recommended exercises, and a strategy for stimulating class discussion about the exercises. Plus, teachers have the convenience of being able to select exercises from 12 categories of learning skills.
You can adapt these versatile exercises with ease and success to challenge beginners as well as skilled dance students. Within each exercise you’ll find variations you can use to increase the difficulty, add variety, and create more than 90 entirely new exercises.
The book includes other features to make the movements easy to teach:
- A 15-minute warm-up routine builds teachers’ confidence.
- A glossary of movement terms ensures clear communication when integrating projects.
- A handy “finder” chart lets you quickly identify exercises that meet the learning skills you want.
will enable any teacher to successfully integrate creative movement exercises into general classroom, physical education, dramatic arts, and language arts classes. There is no better reference for overcoming students’ fears about dance and helping them develop vital learning skills that will pay off in any educational setting.
Table of Contents
Learning Skills Reference Chart
How to Use This Book
The Concept Behind the Rules
Back to Front
Five Times Five
Walk on the Wild Side
Is the Hand Faster Than the Eye?
Add Water and Stir
The Concept Behind the Recipes
Recipes for Novice Dancers: Solos
Recipes for Novice Dancers: Ensembles
Recipes for Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Dancers: Solos
Recipe for Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Dancers: Ensembles
Recipe Exploring Dramatic Potential of Movement and Voice
Recipe for Intermediate- and Advanced-Level Dancers: Solo
Recipe for Intermediate- and Advanced-Level Dancers: Ensembles
The Concept Behind Props
Tube Cloth “Body Bags”
Lots More Props
Poetry and Prose
The Concept Behind Poetry and Prose
Five By Five With Sound
Sound and Body Isolations
EMphasis, EmPHASis, EmphasIS
Strange but True Phrases
Objects and Images
The Concept Behind Objects and Images
Snakes and Ladders
The Concept Behind Dancescapes
Movement and Environmental Studies: Beachscape Project
Beachscape Project in Action
Dramatic Movement, Self, and Society: Urbanscape
Urbanscape in Action
Movement and Computer Sciences: Dance Into the Picture
Dance Into the Picture in Action
Movement, Music, and Visual Art: Art Through Art
Art Through Art in Action
Random Factor Variations
Glossary of Movement Terms
Reference for grades 3-12 physical educators, dance and dramatic arts educators, and arts education administrators; supplemental text for teaching methods courses.