Dancing With A Mirror

“I look good.”
“I look handsome.”
“I am silly.”
I am happy.”– Chestnut Oak Students

Using a familiar song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” All-Stars, Monkeys, Giraffes, and Zebras increased their body awareness by touching and recognizing their body parts.  Each class enjoyed singing the song and almost all the students independently followed the song by touching the respectively named body part: head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.

When I brought out a mirror, students were very excited to see themselves.  The mirror was a reward for students who were following the song and was a feedback object that gave them a chance to see themselves dancing to the song.  When the students were in front of the mirror, they made comments about themselves and made silly faces.  They became more aware of their body movements and some were stunned to see themselves dance while some were shy about looking at themselves.  A few students did not feel comfortable to stand in front of the mirror.


The mirror also activates the mirror neurons in the students’ brains.  The students are accustomed to dancing to the song with music without really looking at the specific body parts they are touching.  While looking at themselves in the mirror, they are reinforcing to themselves that this is my knee, and this is my head by being their own model.  It was harder for most young students to dance in front of the mirror, watching themselves compared to dancing without a mirror.  This is an exciting time for students to develop body awareness and begin to see how they look when they move their bodies.


About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
This entry was posted in All-Stars 12-13, Dance, Giraffes 12-13, Mirror, Monkeys 12-13, Songs, Zebras 12-13 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s