Welcome to Creative Movement on Thursdays and Fridays for the Seals, Elephants, Giraffes, Monkeys, and All-Stars. Classes are on a weekly rotation basis in addition to their music classes earlier in the week. It is all about moving and grooving the whole body to develop spatial awareness, body awareness, and coordination through different music activities.
We have been having fun with Freeze Dance. When the music play, students dance and when the music pauses, students freeze. “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and “Boom Boom Pow” are the most frequently played songs for Freeze Dance. They all love it when the music stops and they get to freeze their bodies in different positions, in different parts of the room, or even with their hands in a stop sign. With freeze dance, all students work on their impulse control and demonstrate that they can control their body. All students participate in the dance and show that they can stop and go.
What is interesting is what happens during the dance portion. Some students dance by themselves by jumping up and down, side to side while moving their hands. Other students run in circles around the room. A few students in each class find a friend and hold hands to dance with them. They want to dance with a friend! It is wonderful to see that they are aware of their peers and engaging them in appropriate social behavior.