By: Olivia Mode-Cater
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Yesterday I posted videos on my Instagram story showing the composition class I was leading during a summer intensive. Several of you asked me for my lesson plan, so here it is!
Teaching choreography is challenging because you need to give your students the right balance of freedom and structure. If you give too much freedom, your dancers won’t know how to start and will be at a loss of ideas, or they will default into the typical movement that they know and do regularly. If you give too much structure, your dancers will feel confined and uninspired. I think this lesson is a good balance of the two. It gives them enough structure so they know what the expectations are and are forced to step out of their comfort zone, but it also gives them enough room to play and experiment.
Give this lesson a try and let me know what you think! Happy teaching!
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Movement cards
- Explain what is
- Explain its uses
- Explain that you write out a movement score from the bottom to the top
- Students must pick 12 different verbs from the cards and write it on the back of their paper
- Then, on the front of the paper, students will write down the order that they want the verbs to be in. The first verb must go at the bottom of the page, the next one above it, and etc.
- In Front
- Teacher will fishbowl an example using 1 pair of students.
- Once students understand the task they will work in their pairs.
- The teacher will circulate around the room providing suggestions and feedback.
- What was your creative process like when you were working independently with your score and the descriptive words?
- How would your choreography have been different if you didn’t have the movement score?
- What is the difference between a duet and two solos happening next to each other?
- How did the space words affect the creation of your duet?
- How do you think this type of creative process could help you in the future?