Adam Kirk, a dynamic fitness instructor, and Rayma Beale, dance instructor, teach elementary students a lesson focusing on the dance element of space. This segment is designed for teacher use, to demonstrate how to teach creative dance.
This lesson gives students the opportunity to make movement choices and to experience working collaboratively with other students. Both activities are steppingstones to gaining an understanding of and comfort level with dance. Shown with a second grade class in a gymnasium, this lesson is an excellent foundation for younger students but could also be adapted for any students who would benefit from a basic exploration of shape, level, direction, and pathways.
The lesson begins with a review of the element of space and of locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. Next, students warm up using the movements they have identified. Then, in small groups, they create simple movement sequences. The lesson concludes with group performances and review. In the lesson, teacher Adam Kirk also offers ideas for incorporating nonlocomotor movements into general classroom activities, and Rayma Beale explains what students get out of creative movement activities like this one.