As mentioned in our "carnival flag" blog post, a flag is a key element of the carnival festivities in Trinidad and Tobago. They can be seen at parties, fetes, steel pan competitions to name a few.
A flag is a sign of belonging or support, categorizing or for show, but whatever the use it is something many carnival goers know you never leave home without!
We are still exploring the flag segment of our carnival theme and thought it would be nice to have some sort of flag inspired dance activity.
Using the carnival flag we made in our previous arts and crafts video, we added a few leg movements and came up with a simple, versatile and effective activity.
The following activity is a sequence of steps that can be used as an across the floor activity, a warm-up or a dance routine in a dance class. The focus of this activity is to teach students how to do several things at the same time. In this activity, students will be waving a flag while executing three different leg movements.
How did it go?
Our students were abuzz with excitement primarily because they were ecstatic about having their very own flag to wave. Who wouldn't be excited about that! Considering the fact that the leg movements were pretty simple, the only challenge in this activity was the coordination required to execute waving the flag, doing the leg movements and traveling at the same time. It took a few tries for some students to get the hang of how to wave their flag, while others struggled a little with the balance the activity called for. Either way, challenges and all, this activity turned out really well. Once our students got the hang of it, we were able to play around with the speed and little variations to the waving of the flag.
One suggestion to make this activity a bit more challenging would be to pair the leg movements to music. Try it with several different genres of music and possibly different songs with varying tempos. If you'd like to simplify it, then maybe be a bit more lenient regarding how your students wave their flag.
Take a look!
If you'd like to incorporate a simple and unconventional prop into your dance classes and learn a simple routine to go along with it then you should watch our video. You will see the three different leg movements, the flag and the routine in full. We are hopeful that you will have the same success with this activity as we did with our students.
Wave and Move,
Tiva & Randa