Everybody Do This as a Creating Activity
Everybody Do This from Songs for Dancing is something I usually use for teaching sequence and recall and as part of a warm up.
This week, one of my college students decided to use it for a Creating activity on the concept of Body Parts. We used the Instrumental only tracks, Everybody Do This Part 1 and Part 3 that played 4 sets of 16 beats. You could use Part 2 and Part 4 for shorter versions that play 4 sets of 8 beats.
We introduced the activity as a dance using body parts. Brainstorming included asking one child to name a favorite part. To another child: How can we move that part? After a short moment with that, asking another child: How else can we move that part? Each idea, shaped in the framework of time (pulse, pattern), was sequenced and repeated. Likely we’d do one movement idea for 4 beats, and the other for 4, and repeat. Or 8 and 8 and repeated, depending on the interest and complexity of the movement ideas.
Add another body part sequence: Ask a different student for favorite part, another student for Idea 1 (with brief explore) , and a third for Idea 2 (with brief explore). Last, shape the two movement ideas into a phrase and repeat the phrase.
Final step, sequence body part 1 with two moves and body part 2 with two moves into a longer phrase. Do with the music.
As you explore and shape the ideas, include other concept lenses, such as direction. Example: can we travel this forward and back in the circle as we move our head? Around the circle as we lift our knees?
Other concepts to use as the viewing lens could be speed, level or size.
Reflection: What body parts did you use?
Once you’ve got your sequence down, try it to Galloping Song (Instrumental Only) for a different musical feel.
Extensions: Sequence more than two body parts into the phrase. Break into smaller groups and create your own dances that follow this structure. Show and share.
Reflection: What body parts did you see the dancers use? What body parts did you use?
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