|The cold weather makes my classes |
excited to play "Freeze Dance"!
This past week in my beginning modern/creative movement class, we used our creative minds to come up with some new variations on Freeze Dance to try in class.
Here are some of the ways that we manipulated the game to be our own - hopefully some are new to you or inspire other new variations!
Shape FreezeWe've been using this version in our exploration of shape-making.
While the music is on, the teacher names a shape (circular, square, triangle) and the student must make that shape with a body part when the music stops.
Position FreezeSimilar to the Shape variation described above, but dancers must freeze in the position given - this was fun in ballet and jazz class. Positions to try: 1st, 2nd and 3rd position, retire, arabesque, tendu, plie, lunge, etc.
This might also be fun to try with a class who is learning room positions and stage directions ("Freeze en face" or "Freeze facing upstage" or "point to corner 2").
'Dance Like This' FreezeThe teacher (or student leader) tells the class how to move during the dance part ("Everyone skip"). After each freeze, the type of dancing changes. You can also give speed directives, such as "chasse really slowly" or "bouree quickly".
We like to play this in tap class for practice on our traveling steps: running flaps, flap ball changes, shuffle hop steps, toe heels, etc.
Changing MusicAlso know as the iPod Shuffle...! After each freeze, change the song and dancers must move to the new song.
|Now these dancers are REALLY frozen!|
You could also use this in tap or jazz class to work on rhythm and finding the beat in each new song.
Partner FreezeDancers must freeze with a partner when the music stops.
You can give conditions such as "freeze connected to another person", or "Freeze in a group of three".
I like to mix this one into the other types - "freeze in a round shape with another person", etc.
Beat the "I'm Out" BluesFor my younger classes we don't "get out" in any of the above games - we just play for the fun of it. For my older students, they really like the games when there is a chance to be eliminated, so we play that way.
Sometimes my classes age 6-8 request to play the "out" version, but some students get very upset from being "out" whenever we play a game like this.
I like to soften the blow by letting them come over to the music player and telling me when to freeze the music next. Or if they are a particularly enthusiastic class, they can also come up with some new ways to freeze.
What is your favorite movement or dance game to play in class? Share in the comments!