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Moving AB Pattern

An AB pattern has two repeating parts. This is a simple pattern that can be found in math, music, and even movement! In this activity demo you will see how A and B are represented by locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. It starts with A (march) and B (flick) being performed for a total of eight counts each. The AB pattern is repeated two times for a total of thirty-two counts. The next step is adding dance concepts to the locomotor (march) and nonlocomotor (flick) movements. For example, you will see “march” (locomotor movement) combined with a pathway (straight) and effort (strong), and “flick” (nonlocomotor movement) combined with a level (high) and effort (light). By adding dance concepts to march and flick they become more dynamic in the way they are performed. The final step in this demo is adding the concept of “freeze” to both A and B where the movement stops for a total of eight counts. In this example, “freeze” is demonstrated as a curved shape. Important: this is only one of many possible combinations when creating AB patterns with students. Watch the demo for other ideas! 

Here is the completed AB pattern as demonstrated: 

A = march (locomotor), strong (effort), straight (pathway) + freeze (curved shape)
B = flick (nonlocomotor), light (effort), high (level) + freeze (curved shape) 

Counts: A = march/freeze (sixteen) + B = flick/freeze (sixteen) = thirty-two total 


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