A Lesson on Energy for 4-5 year olds
Energy is an element of Force, as described in the Laban vocabulary.
Force includes Energy, Weight, and Flow.
Some educators organize Energy under “Dance is BEST,” where the “E” stands for Energy.
(The other letters stand for Body, Space and Time.)
This is the 6th lesson in the sequence.
Energy addresses HOW we do something. Emotion and expression are also part of Energy. The vocabulary in this concept includes smooth, sharp, shaky and swinging movement.
You could easily teach Show Your Feelings! from AlphaBeat as part of this lesson, and reflect on the different energy qualities found in emotion, expression and states of being.
Another way to explore Energy is to dance to the qualities of different, contrasting music excerpts and to different instruments, played live.
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