- music selections
- a cassette recorder, CD player, or record player
- a notepad and a pencil
- chart paper a marker
Objective: Children will work together to choreograph and perform a dance that celebrates their friendship.
1 During group time, explain that you would like children to work together to create a dance that is all their own. Their special dance will be an end-of-the-year celebration of all the great work they have done as a group. You can introduce the word choreographer and explain that this is a person who creates dances. Tell children that they will be the choreographer of their dance.
2 Ask everyone to think about music that would be good to dance to. You may want to give them time to listen to music selections, then ask children to listen to them and vote on the music they want to use.
3 Now you're ready to choreograph. Play the music and ask each child to think of a simple dance movement and share it with the group. Jot down a description of each in case you need to help children remember. Then divide children into small groups and ask each group to work together to create a group movement. Again, share these movements and record short descriptions. Come together in a circle and decide on two different movements the entire group can do in a circle formation. for instance, children could hold hands and move into the center of the circle, raise their hands, and move back out. Record these movements too.
4 Put all of the movements children have choreographed together to create the dance. First, form a circle and ask children to stand near the children who were in their small dance group. Explain that you will help them by clapping when it's time to change steps and give a verbal cue when it's time to do small-group and individual movements. Take a minute to talk about how every dance group needs time to learn their dance and practice. Then put on the music and begin by asking children to do the two large-group circle movements they decided on. When those are complete, clap and say, "Small groups." Now children do their small-group movements until you clap and say, "Alone." At that point, children dance their individual steps until you provide the next cue. After everyone has had time to become comfortable with the movements, include children in designing the organization of the dance and making any modifications. Write the final version on chart paper so you can refer to it as they practice.