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