The thing about dance is that it is a kinesthetic connection to what you are experiencing.
Gene Kelly didn't just stand still and sing about the rain, he explored it and everything he could possibly do in it. For a child, this is how he or she learns. How does it feel, sound, taste, smell? How can I make it move? What happens if I jump in it? What if I splash really hard?
When I teach, I try to connect the lesson to what the children are learning in school or I try to connect to what they are experiencing around them. This way they are able to connect what they are learning cognitively to what they are experiencing physically.
Well, since April showers bring May flowers, I thought about the wonder of rain and that iconic scene in Singing in The Rain. For kids who are afraid of rain, thunder and lightning, exploring rain in a classroom or studio can be a safe way to become comfortable with all the elements of a thunder storm.
Dancing in The Rain Activity
1. Come up with a the list of words that describe what you see and feel before a rain fall
- angry clouds, puffy clouds, air blowing, sun disappears, rumble...
- Splash, drip, drop, drizzle, plop...
- Drippy, quiet, puddles, rainbows, sticky mud...
You can even video your dances and watch Gene Kelly's dancing in the rain section of Singing in The Rain and then watch your classes' rain dances.
Have fun dancing in the rain with the children in your life!
In continuing participation in the Why Dance Matters event, dance matters because dance is a learning tool. For proof, just watch a child dance in the rain!