Week 10: Effort and Dynamics

Dynamics is a key concept in dance that focuses on energy, force and movement quality. Laban’s analysis of movement provides a framework for thinking about movement in the classroom where combinations of the eight effort actions can be used as a basis for movement discussions and the creation of dances (Skoning, 2008).

During the development of the lesson, the item ‘Revolting children’, allows students to explore the rich language of dance through story. The choreography for this dance highlights the heavy and sudden actions in Laban’s movement. When students are asked to create an action that is revolting, it is crucial teachers ensure that no one is doing anything inappropriate. Furthermore, a unit of work where students study the novel, ‘Matilda’ could be linked to a series of dance lessons exploring the link between literacy and movement. Students could improvise creative movement to explore the feelings and themes in the novel or do a non-verbal character analysis which they can verbalise afterwards (Griss, 1994). Creative movement through choreography could also help children remember sequences of events in a novel (Griss, 1994). Due to the limited time to teach everything in the curriculum, linking learning about Laban’s movements to the novel study of ‘Matilda’ is an effective strategy.

Griss, S. (1994). Creative Movement: A Language for Learning. Educational leadership, 51(5), 78-80.

Skoning, S. (2008). Movement and Dance in the Inclusive Classroom. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 4(6), 2-11.



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