Dance in a Day is one of my favorite structured, repeatable exercises for unlocking our dancers’ creativity around significant moments in time. This simple playbook engages our creativity, combines our collaboration, and focuses our time together to create a brand new dance in a single day. It's also a perfect way to workshop ideas for performance pieces.
This year’s Valentines dance was inspired by our hearts and Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance.
Suggested music: Elastic Heart by Sia
Prop: Balloon (1 per dancer)
PART 1 (Verse 1)
Brain Dance section
Each dancer will have a balloon.
PART 2 (Chorus)
Continue the Brain Dance Sequence with the balloon
PART 3 (Verse 2)
PART 4 (Chorus)
Repeat PART 2
PART 5 (Bridge)
In a group of 4, create movement that represents the image in the body. There are curved and angular shapes. Draw these shapes with your body. Be specific and creative in your choice of levels and size. Imagine that this is a live EKG.
If you need extra prompts for each dancer consider drawing the lines with at least two different body parts, add a slide or leap, etc.
Check out the sample video here or on IG @jonesdanceco
Have fun and be sure to send comments on how you used these ideas with your dancers.