While my studio is in the process of getting buried under a foot of snow, I figured I would spend my surprise free time planning some olympics-inspired creative movement for tomorrow’s classes.
Pass The Torch – Traveling
You could pass an imaginary torch or a “real” prop (as simple as an orange scarf). Have your dancers spread out around the room. When the dancer has the “torch”, them must dance the torch to the next person and then sit down to indicate they already had a turn. The final dancer brings the torch to the designated “torch lighting station” (could be teacher, or spot in the room).
Pass The Torch – Stationary
Spread out in a line or a circle close enough to touch another person’s out stretched hand. Begin to pass the torch using different levels and different body parts until it reaches the end. If you are using a prop, see how far the class can pass it without dropping.
The Slowest Bobsled Race Ever Won
Connect your dancers into teams of 2, 3 or 4 dancers and have them sit one in front of each other in a straddle (like a caterpiller). Have them hold onto each other at the shoulders or hips so that they are connected.
The goal is to move as a unit over a certain distance (we used tape lines about 5-6 feet apart). Give them time to practice–they will learn quickly they have to work as a team to move without becoming disconnected!
Line up your “bobsleds” and the first group to completely cross the finish wins. Disqualify any team that separates.
Variations: Try a whole-class bobsled! Or backwards or sideways bobsled race!
Ice & Snow Improv
Adapt usual creative movement exercises to be set at the olympics.
- Community Brainstorm – Snow from Maria’s Movers
- Snowman Dance
- Skiing, Skating & Snowboarding from Maria’s Movers
Suggested Musical Tracks
- Song: Olympic Fanfare and Theme – traditional fanfare
- Album: Champions Will Rise – Audiomachine – if you like epic music, this is for you
- Song: Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music
Have you been watching the olympics? Have you done any lessons based on the olympics? Is anyone else ready for spring?!