Choreographers and dancers explain and demonstrate how they create dance, from creating a sequence with a beginning, middle, and end to improvising some movements in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Have students research famous choreographers in various styles of dance. What motivated them? What was their background? What did they contribute to their dance form?
Have students try improvisation. In five-second increments have them improvise the movement of one body part at a time. Using this time structure, then have them choreograph five, 10, or 15 second movement phrases, using one body part at a time.
In pairs have students take turns being choreographer and dancer. One student creates a brief movement sequence; the other student performs it. Discuss how each activity feels.
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