PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Dance – 10/11/19

What’s happening in the Dance Room?

This week in dance, the kindergarteners are learning about the various ways our bodies can move in different spaces. This includes both loco motor and non-loco motor movement. In first grade, students are investigating movement on different levels using the mirror and shadow techniques with their partners.


Second grade dancers continue to explore transitioning shapes and how they can move from one place to another. They are using this idea to build larger skylines in space. In third grade, children are embodying the syllables in their names and working with a partner to create short movement studies combining their ideas.


In fourth grade, students practice collaborative group work by solving movement problems. This week we started talking about values and how dancers can share important feelings through movement. Fifth graders are composing “melting quartets/quintets” using two specific shapes given to their group. Students are practicing their choreographic skills in preparation for a large group project investigating anti-bullying through the hip-hop technique.

Our middle school dance elective students continue their investigation of body alignment and awareness. This week they learned about important functions of the spine including flexion and extension. Next, they will work in small groups to create a shape map reflecting a shared environment that showcases all the shapes we have discussed. Once their map is illustrated on paper, students will be asked to embody their work showing all the concepts they have learned.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Diane