There are some fascinating examples* of changing levels in the air in this video of amazing acrobats on a spinning hoop. (Let me know if you can’t watch the video if you’re not on Facebook and I’ll send a link to another video.)
*And don’t worry, Thursday’s session doesn’t involve any acrobatics!
There is a common dance improvisation activity called Flocking, where people take turns leading the group’s movement. We’ll be doing a bit of flocking this Thursday.
There is a fun example in this video here (skip half-way through to witness an intergenerational flock, where the youngest member is followed as the leader for quite some time – usually in the activity there’s a new leader each time the group faces a different direction. Also, on Thursday our flocking won’t be for as long!)
The next Dance Games session is Thursday November 21 at 7:30pm!
Participants have mentioned finding the games fun, exhilarating and playful, with the side-effect of being a great work-out.
There are a whole bunch of possible movement games we can play, and we take turns picking the next game out of a container. Games are adapted for the people present. A few examples: a dancing version of Go, go, go, Stop, Movement Bingo, slow-motion dance tag, and embodied rock-paper-scissors. We might also use letters from Scrabble to come up with words to include in our dancing. People are welcome to suggest games, too!
Recent Dance Games sessions: Thursdays Sept. 19, May 30, April 25 and March 28 at Heart & Hands Health Collective; Monday April 8 in the park by Fernwood Community Centre. Dance Games sessions work well both indoors and outdoors at wheelchair- and mobility-accessible spaces.