Moving to Music
Updated: Apr 7
Get moving to music and share your creative ideas through dance!
What you’ll need: A little bit of space (stay safe!) and a way to listen to music
What’s it for?
This activity helps you express yourself through the music you choose and the way you move and dance. You can choose music to reflect how you are feeling. Dance is also a fun way to exercise, which is important to help keep your brain and body healthy.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Choose some music you would like to listen to while you move and dance. You might have an idea of what you would like to listen to already, but if not, have a think about what kind of music would reflect your mood (fast, slow, happy, sad). You could use music with words, or music just with instruments.
You might like to move and dance without a plan - this could feel strange at first, so why not start by clapping or swaying in time to the music. You could then add other actions, like spinning or jumping. You might find that once you start you don’t need to think about it anymore and just dance!
You could also plan out a dance, listening to the music and deciding what moves to do. Can you make a routine up to a whole song?
Extra Activity: Dancers around the world use music to tell a story, whether in ballet or Bollywood. Why not try dancing along to music and making up your own story.
When you’ve finished dancing, ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel when you were dancing?
What was your favourite dance move?
How did your dance change with different music?
Was there a story in your dance?
How did it end?
Did dancing change how you were feeling?
Do you need any props for your dance?
What about costumes?
Does your dance have a title?
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising about yourself? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © March 2020
Creative Art Used: Music and dance/movement
Psychological Area Explored : Emotional Wellbeing, Play, Attention & Hyperactivity
These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.
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