Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey – Fourth Dance Session – Get Down!

Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey
Fourth Dance Session, 17 April – Get Down!
Artist: Robert Connor, Dance Theatre of Ireland

Happy Friday – it’s a sunny day!

We started this session with a new warm-up; stretching, squeezing, shaking, pointing. Four beats for each changing texture – to explore their own way of moving and finding these sensations in their bodies. A yoga-influenced stretch helps to lengthen and release the joints and muscles further. We went on to introduce and explore floor-level movement and ways of supporting weight using our hands and feet; using 4, 3 and even 2 points of support. This included the “Elephant Pose” where the hands become the main point of support.

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After the break we introduced a new choreography phrase to further the ideas of changing texture, in movement. Starting with an “attitude” pose facing backwards, a quick demonstration reinforced their capacity to “read” body language – even seeing only the back of a person. A big jump to face front and pulse “free-style” for 12 beats – then three sharp “punches” straight up into the air. Four robotic steps in a square, some cool loose hand gestures, a sharp point and slice and a side-side hip swing. “It’s Like That” and that’s the way it is. Run DMC.

Dancing at floor level will become part of this phrase, as the guys show a big interest in “break dance” style of movement. So after a 2 minute “starfish” rest in silence on their backs, we try out the basics of the worm, and explore ways to support themselves on their hands and step around them staying low.

Check out the video of the first part of the phrase here >>

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