2004 Recommended Activities
section contains activities in four categories that you can do with your students
both before and after the show.
Here's a description of each category and the recommended activities within
them. While we invite you to explore ALL activities, these are the most applicable
to the 2004 program:
THINKING AND TALKING contains
discussion topics regarding dance, cultural perspectives, choreography, and
**Time and Time Again – How is time experienced and expressed
differently depending on what you’re
**The Earth is Dancing – Discover the immensity of geological
time, and see the tectonic plates shifting through the eons on our geological
Cultural Appreciation - The power of positive words and understanding and appreciating
Why and How We Dance - An exploration
of human reasons to dance
Climb your Family Tree - Discover the geography of your family tree,
and find out what dance traditions you might have in your roots.
MOVEMENT AND MUSIC includes a resource page illustrating
musical instruments seen in the show, and guidance for several activities in
can move and dance themselves. Along with being great fun, these movement activities
can help them to appreciate the diversity of dance, music, costumes, and cultural
styles in the show.
**Music is Math – Kathak clock - A bridge between mathematics and
music, through rhythm cycles from India.
**More Mudras – Learn more
gestures called mudras from India, and make up your own.
Body Music - Students learn to make
music with their own bodies.
Gestures Have Special Meaning - A challenge
to create a dance, using specific movements that you create to tell your
Movement Games give you the vocabulary
to guide the children through selected movement qualities and styles in their
Rhythm Dialogues - Have conversations
in rhythm, with no words!
ART AND CONSTRUCTION provides several ideas to inspire students'
own creations in preparation for and reflection of the show.
**Plate Tectonics with an
orange – Tectonic plate movements
reveal the earth’s dance through time.
**Find Music Everywhere – Discover
the music in everyday objects and make them sing!
Get Ready - shows students a glimpse of what it takes to put on
a performance and prepares them for the crucial role of audience member.
Drawing Rhythms – Listen
to music and draw your interpretation! You can even make up your own
Memory Art - a good post show activity, create work for next year's Kid's Art
KIDSROOM - Activities for
the kids to try themselves
**The Earth is Dancing – Discover
the immensity of geological time, and see the tectonic plates shifting through
the eons on our geological clock.
**CrossWorld Puzzle 2004
RECIPES - Yummy traditional recipes from around the world,
which you can prepare at school or at home as a special treat.
**Aloo Tikki – North Indian Potato patties (N. India)
**Kalua Chicken - Slow roasted chicken (Hawaii)
Southern Style Sweet Potato Casserole (Southern U.S.)
More to come!
Activities developed by: Isabel Fine. With thanks to our artists
and additional contributions as acknowledged on each activity. Some activities
based on previous activities provided by Chiori Santiago.