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Name of Activity:

Freedom Line Dance

Purpose of Activity:

For students to develop rhythmic skills with a series of sequences, patterns, and rhythmic changes to music.

Prerequisites:

Basic movement and dance terminology and basic dance experience.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

Music player.

Recommended music:

Freedom by Pharrell Williams

Beginning dance formation:

Students are spaced out in line formation. To have the dance end with the song, count 4 full 8 counts to start dance--after clearing of throat sound.

Description of Idea

Note - Dance can be started at any time but for the dance to end with the music, it must be started after 4 full 8 counts.

1. Forward lunges, double bounce (2 count each), R (1-2), L (3-4), R (5-6), L (7-8)

2. Backward angled shuffle (step-slide together-step (quick 1-2-3): R foot lead back toward R angle (quick 1-2-3), L foot lead back toward L angle (quick 1-2-3), R foot lead back toward R angle (quick 1-2-3), L foot lead back toward L angle

3. Right crossover step: Step R (count 1), arms up to R, cross L over R (count 2), arms down toward L, step R (count 3), step together (count 4)

Left crossover step: Step L (count 1), arms up to R, cross R over L (count 2), arms down toward L, step L (count 3), step together (count 4)

Full turn 4 count step to Right: R (count 1)- L (count 2)- R (count 3) - together-clap (count 4)

Full turn 4 count step to Left: L (count 1) - R (count 2) - L (count 3) - step together-clap (count 4)

REPEAT FROM BEGINNING UNTIL END OF SONG

Variations:

A 1/4 turn can be added after the second full turn to make it a 4-wall dance.

Assessment Ideas:

Use a performance assessment based on correct step sequence and maintaining proper rhythm. Possible rubric:

4 - Performs all steps in correct sequence with correct rhythm
3 - Performs most steps in correct sequence with correct rhythm most of the time
2 - Performs some steps in correct sequence with correct rhythm some of the time
1 - Unable to perform steps in correct sequence with proper rhythm

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Depending on the disability, dance can be performed without crossover step (step together instead) and without turns or different arm motions when use of legs is limited.

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Submitted by Barbara Kreiss who teaches at Longwood Elementary School in Hayward, CA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/10/2016.

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