Introduction to dance

Do you want to learn how to move your body? This class offers children to discover the position of the body and to develop the motor and expressive possibilities of each pupil in order to experience the pleasure in the danced movement.

Primary

With Elena:

P1-P2 : Wednesday, 14h40 – 15h40

P1-P2 : Thursday, 15h10 – 16h10

1st semester

The objective of the first semester is to familiarize the children with the basic elements of rhythm (duration/time, strength/energy, space and form) and the aspects of movement (direction, size, pathway, level, focus).

After warming-up their bodies, the theme of the day (it can be a musical notion, a painting, a story, or a meteorological phenomenon like the rain) is introduced to the children. To develop it, children work first with improvisation tasks and games on: for example pause and restart, walking/running, leap/gallop/skip, shaking/bending/stretching, twist/turn, rise/sink, balance/fall, the flows, dancing the emotions, the movement of marionettes, etc…  Then they do exercises with set dance material, they are introduced to dance phrases (as solo, duets and group choreographies), for which a variety of types of music is used (classical, contemporary, pop, traditional, ethnic) in order to enrich the stimuli and cultivate different qualities in dancing. The choreographic sequences are based on the movement material of creative and contemporary dance. At the end of the lesson they present the dance.

2nd semester

The objective of the second semester is to create and practice the choreography that will be presented in spring at the Performing Arts Day.

Children continue learning dance phrases but new concept are also introduced through games and exercises, such as musical notions in dancing like adagio/ andante/ allegro, accelerando/ ritardando, staccato/ legato, piano/ forte, crescendo/ diminuendo, glissando/ cluster, vibrato and canon. They work as well on rhythm, through different kind of exercises. And many examples of traditional dances are shown to children: a Belgian dance, a Chinese dance, a Danish dance, a Greek dance, etc… in order to show them a wide range of influences. And during the second semester, as the little dancers will prepare for the show, the lesson plan will be adapted into rehearsal mode.

Correct sportswear required