“We learned more of the dance La Fiesta. We were tired, thirsty, hot, happy and hungry when it was over. Most of us really liked it and we can’t wait to do it again!” Hugo
Warm up and Stretch sequence. We did the warm-up to “How Deep Is Your Love?” by Calvin Harris. It takes us through a series of steps and stretches that we will do each day, imparting simple technique, and with repetition students can grow in depth in the sequence. This is followed by some deeper stretches and balances. We talked briefly about “Kinesphere”, the space within which each person moves.
La Fiesta – We reviewed the first dance, and all the movements, which consists of the whole sequence twice, followed by four shapes, which is where we ended the first day. I introduced skipping 8 beats, everyone on their own pathway, weaving through room, going to a different location. At the end of the 8 skips each person partners with someone you find there; right hands hand shake twice, bump right hips twice, join right elbows and skip round together 4 beats, then skip back to your original place. Then everyone had to memorise your partner, and where you meet them, be there on time, dance short sequence together, and find you own place again. The traveling pathways are not set, each student has to negotiate the space as they go, non making any contact with others along the way, and get back in time to start the sequence in unison again.
Across the floor. This part of the class moves from one end of the room to the other, traversing the space with different ideas. Students move in lines of 4 at a time, with the next group starting 4 or 8 beats after the group ahead. We start with simply moving on the beat, any walk, finding variation within a limited “rule” – of only stepping on the beat – in as many ways, facings, levels, different arms as possible. Starting together after 4 beats, keeping track of the beat, eye contact to make sure you start at same time with your group. We then changed to skipping…keep the underlying rhythm/step, and find many variations in the arms, level, facing. We also pay attention to starting together at right time without prompting. Then we went in pairs, weaving / changing places as you cross the room, making a dance with each other across the space.