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Walking Variations

Not all students love the idea of dancing, but they feel very comfortable walking. Walking is a pedestrian movement we do without thinking to get from one location to another. Begin by having students walk around the space they are in (classroom, gymnasium, or outdoor space). Once they have explored the space by walking you can start to add movement variations. For example, how might they walk on the spot versus in the general space. Can they walk up high or down low? Can they walk forwards, backwards, and sideways? Can they walk while they accelerate and decelerate? When walking is combined with dance elements then a walk becomes more of a dance. This activity builds students’ dance language, confidence, and creativity. You can then change a walk to a march, leap, or gallop! Let us know what you think!


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