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Rain dance jazz fun

Rain dance jazz fun

Jazz warm-up activities are always so inviting. They get you moving and help you loosen up so that your body could melt easily into the rest of your dance class.

There's a certain element of fun in a jazz warm-up and our students love when we incorporate jazz dance elements into our dance classes.

We are smoothly flowing through our rain-themed activities with a few more weeks of activities to go.

This particular activity is a dance based one and we sought inspiration from the rain, of course. We put together a nice and smooth flowing warm-up sequence that can be paired with any style of music.

This activity is great for warming up the knees and lower back, hips, and hamstrings. In this activity, students will move through a series of plies with quick moving fingertips representative of raindrops! These raindrop fingers will lead them from the ceiling to the floor and from the floor to the ceiling. It can also be modified as you see fit as a means of stretching other muscle groups!

How did it go?

Well, like we said before, jazz is always tons of fun and that's exactly how this activity went. The sequence was simple enough for students to pick up on their first try. They loved moving through the different positions and thoroughly enjoyed the raindrop fingertips. Coordination came by really easily, plies were effortless; well with the exception of those few students who jokingly complained about aches and pains as they bent and stretched their legs. Nothing a little encouragement couldn't help remedy. 

Some suggestions we have in order to make this activity flow smoothly would be to demonstrate it for your students before they start, paying particular attention to the specifics of the activity such as the plies and raindrop fingertips. Also, use clear directions and simple words to guide them through. For instance, use bend and stretch to replace plie, then once they get used to the activity you can replace the simple words with the correct dance terms if need be. 


Take a look!

If you are looking for a jazzy warm-up activity to go along with your rain-themed dance repertoire, then watch our video. You will be able to learn the movement and some of the directions we used to help guide our students through this activity in the classroom.

Get Jazzy,  

Tiva & Randa

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