Dancing is one way of portraying a combination of emotions through body movements. This can be seen in this quote. “… both experienced dancers and individuals without a background in dance have been shown to be quite skillful in their ability to decode emotions from dance movement” Van Dycke, (2013:175).
This quote proves that children are fully capable of pulling a dance apart and being able to identify different emotions which is what I did in the session as follows.
With year three this week we learnt about facial expressions and body language through dance. After doing a warm up game of ‘Guess the emotion’ we proceeded with the main body of the lesson, A Ghostbusters dance. This dance isn’t filled with emotions like happy or sad but with one such as scared, brave and excited. This is something that the children found fun and exciting to explore. As part of a six week plan I decided to do this lesson with them to captivate them in dance and then will be able to progress onto slower more contemporary pieces, which is an ongoing project. Something I plan to keep track of in my blog.
Dyck, E, Maes, P, Hargreaves, J, Lesaffre, M, & Leman, M 2013, ‘Expressing Induced Emotions Through Free Dance Movement’, Journal Of Nonverbal Behavior, 37, 3, pp. 175-190, Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 1 May 2017.