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Name of Activity:
Rhythm Stick Routine (September '08)
Purpose of Activity:The students will be able to perform a rhythm stick routine, incorporating rhythm and coordination challenges with memory and creativity.
Suggested Grade Level:5-12
Materials Needed:CD player, 1 pair of rhythm sticks per student, portable microphone (almost a necessity in order to be able to cue during the routine and above the noise of the sticks)
Recommended music:Christina Aguilera – “Fighter” or High School Musical 2 – “Vacation”
Description of Idea
1-16 Toe heel-drop R – This is a 2 count movement (Place the ball of the right foot on the floor and then drop the right heel on the floor.) Toe heel-drop L – This is a 2 count movement
Repeat RLRLRL, for a total of 16 counts
Rhythm sticks are held above head, hit twice on each toe heel movement
1-16 Step forward RL, step back RL - This is 4 counts – Repeat 3 more times for 16 counts
Rhythm sticks hit with a single hit up on the R then up on the L when moving forward and down on the R and down on the L when moving back.(repeat)
1-4 Two jumps, turn ½ turn, squat and hit sticks on ground 1 time, repeat so the dancer is facing in the original direction (the counts for the jumps are 1& and the sticks hit on count 2; jump on counts 3 & hit the sticks on the floor on count 4)
5-8 Hit sticks on floor while lunging RLRL. (When lunging to the R the stick in the L hand hits on the floor in front on the R foot and when lunging to the L the stick in the R hand hits on the floor in front of the L foot) There will be a total of 4 hits.
1-8 Triple step R (step R, step on the ball of the L foot next to the R and step on the R foot)
The count is 1&2
Triple step L (step L, step on the ball of the R foot next to the L and step on the L foot -- cue: step-ball-change)
The count is 3&4
Repeat the triple steps on the R and L.
The rhythm sticks are held at the waist and mimic the rhythm of the triple step with 3 hits.
1-8 Back up 4 counts RLR, touch L with sticks hitting above head
Move forward LRL, touch R with sticks hitting below the waist
1-8 Slide R, Touch L foot -- hit sticks above head, Slide L, touch R hit sticks below waist
Repeat R and L slides. On last slide to the L make ¼ turn to the L.
Repeat the dance facing a new direction
Note: When using the song “Fighter”- Hold for 4 sets of 8 during the slow music. Start when the singing starts.
Note: When using the High School Musical 2 song “Vacation” – Hold for 2 sets of 8 before beginning the dance.
If you have a class who is really up to a challenge put the dance to the High School Musical 2 song “All for One”. It has a great fast tempo. You can also put students into groups and let them add a set of 8 of their own after the turn and before beginning the dance again.