Dance: The Animal Dance Exercise

Pat Aitken for PE

Here's an introductory dance exercise that will move your students' imagination and bodies at the same time.

How it Works
Have the children form a circle.  Tell them to close their eyes, imagine their favorite animal—to “see” how their animal moves and “hear” the kind of sounds it makes.          Then invite a student to imitate the movements of their favorite animal inside the circle. Ask the other children to guess the animal.

Repeat with other students, or, if your students are shy, have a number of students dance in the circle simultaneously.

1. Cheryl Ann Crouch & Cory Crouch, Teaching Dance-A Dance Teaching Methodology Book [Kindle Edition], Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2011.
2. Joanne Landy & Maxwell Landy, Ready to Use PE Activities for Grades 7-9, Parker Publishing Company, 1993.

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