Sample Lessons



Warm-up:        Laban Directional scales

Exploration:  Rise/Fall.  Stay on vertical axis, take break travel to new space, start.

  • Find ways body part/whole.  Rise/fall part way—all the way.
  • Sudden/sustained.  In various durations.
  • Droop. Drop. Collapse.  Slide.  Let go.  Resist.
  • Stretch.  Shoot up.  Resist.  Climb.
  • Shift focus on up/down.  Lead w/ different BPs up/down.

Improvisation #1:  From low to high, insert 2 still shapes.  In 10 counts.  In 20 counts.  Hold shapes as long as want.  When get tired.  Run through space/find new spot & begin again. [Could try various durations—very short/very long]

Show:  tap people to observe as others continue improvisation.

Respond:  what effect did still shapes have on design of dance–& other “what did you see” questions.

Improvisation #2:  In pairs.  Play Erosion Game in entirety.  Start mountain shape.  Move each other to lower shape, recording still shapes along the way.  Take at least 5 shapes from high to all the way low.

Compose:  Rehearse the sequence, practice it.  Decide your tempo together—you’ll perform in unison & how long you want to hold each shape or if you want to just move through them.

Show in pairs.

Respond:  questions about staying together.  Hold accountable for performance.  For dance maker—what strategies did you use?

Improvisation #3:  Individually, using the composition you just made…Move through the piece w/ these modifiers…

  • Smooth out shapes so no stops. Vary energy in/out of stops—fast/sustain/jagged
  • Make one shape along the way an important aspect of the dance—expand it horizontally or sagittally before continuing down.
  • Make one shape along the way an accent with a turn, jump or by getting into or out of it sharply.
  • Retrograde somewhere, somewhere else

Compose #2:  Using above modifiers, create variation on first dance.

Perform:  First same raw material in original pairs.  Repeat in 2 groups, watch your partner.

Respond: In what ways did you see variation on the theme?  When you watched your partner dance, what surprised you?  What did you see that you expected?  What would you like to try now if you were to work on the dance more?

 [Conversations & curriculum can move to talking about principles of design: continuity, unity/contrast, harmony or to forming principles…theme & variation, motif development]