Chapter 7: Drama, Movement, and Dance

Chapter 7: Drama, Movement, and Dance
Chapter 7: Drama, Movement, and Dance

Although we use our bodies in all of the visual arts and writing activities, drama, movement, and dance are all about embodying our spirit and creativity.

Younger children are eager to move, but most youth lose this sense of bodily expression in our intellectual Western culture. Unless they participate in sports or dance, children do not use their bodies in this way, and they grow self-conscious as they get older. Leaders must give children permission to be silly and to stretch their imaginations through their bodies. The invitation to participate is vital; if the leaders are willing to move, the children usually will move too. Incorporate these types of activities into the weekly routine so that the children get used to moving as part of the class.

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  • Use movement and sound to say your name. The group repeats after you, then the next person follows suit. This activity can be done either...
  • Children can move to music in any way they wish; first as individuals, then with a partner, then in threes, fours, and finally as group...
  • Pass around an ordinary object such as a pencil or pen; have each child imagine it is something else and show us without words what it has...
  • Lengths of light fabric such as netting or chiffon, or old scarves, long lengths of ribbon Odds and ends of other fabrics and ties that can...

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