Introduction of Bharatnatyam for Age Group: 5-10 (US Grades: K-5)
Movement is integral to the learning process of very young children. Children at this stage are whole-body movers who tend toward perpetual motion giving them an aesthetic avenue for creatively expressing feelings and imaginative stories informed by their inner fantasy worlds and their real lives. In upper elementary school, children become increasingly keen observers of their world. Capable of complex patterns of logic, they like to analyze and define people, activities, situations and events. Structured dance experiences and ongoing participation help them to develop the following skills and understandings:
Physical: Self-control, development and refinement of gross motor skills, and understanding of the relationship between their bodies and the space around them.
Social/affective: Listening, responding, taking turns, respecting others’ opinions, group aesthetics.
Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, classifying, identifying, differentiating and sequencing/generating movements. Reflecting on their own and classmates’ dancing and placing it in a wider cross-cultural context.
Aesthetic: Choosing and expressing preference for dance movements, revising and refining movements and recognizing varied notions of beauty in dance.
Skills and Techniques Introducing Basic Techniques of Dance using hands and legs with head, neck and eye movements.
•Postures of Bharatnatyam
•Basic 3 Elements of Dance: Nritt,Nritya,Natya
•Adavus- Dance steps with Hands and Leg movements
•Getting the sense of musical rhythm
•Griva Bheda - Neck movement
•Mudra - Hand gestures: and repeat the exercise.
How flexible are students’ fingers? •Abhinaya Teach students to express 9 primary emotions – NavRas