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Expressive dance [3]

Short description

Free dance to classical music, with imagination, mimicry and props


Motor skillsBalance & Coordination

Group size



Music, Requsites (scarves, sticks, balls)


15 minutes



Goal of this exercise is to improve

  • of self-awareness

  • the self-expression

  • the sense of rhythm

The music takes the children into a fantasy world. The whole body should be moved to the music. You learn to respond to different moods, rhythms and tempi, also to respond to volume levels and to consciously hear these nuances.


The game master puts on a CD with dramatic music. Possible music examples would be Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain (wild witches' dance, Blocksberg and magicians), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture: World of Fairies and Elves, Scherzo: Puck and the Goblins, Peter I. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, op 71 (from: “Sugar Plum Fairy”, “Russian Dance”, “Arabic Dance”, “Chinese Dance”, “Waltz of the Flowers”, “Dance of the Reed Flutes”), etc.

The children move in the room according to their imagination and how they perceive the music. This can be done with big leaps, expansive gestures or even more subtle movements, including facial expressions. Every child should express their own personal ideas about music and translate them into dance. All props (cloths, sticks, balls, etc.) are allowed.

Of course, it helps the children to verbalise stories and ideas about a piece of music.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness

Self-perception and reflection


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