Brain Dance

Description:

I’ve provided a link to a video of a Brain Dance movement song that was taught to the Tots classes by our dance instructor, Joan Wolfe. “Brain Dance is a body-brain exercise that is based on developmental movement patterns that humans move through during their first year of life.”

 

Steps

 Hickory Hickory Dock From a seated position. 

  • Make contact moving ‘up the clock’ from toes to head – tapping, squeezing, patting, brushing. 
  • Hickory dickory dock, the mouse tapped up the clock. The clock struck one (clap 1 time) the mouse tapped down. Hickory, dickory, dock. 
  • Hickory dickory dock, the mouse squeezed up the clock – the clock struck two (clap 2 times) and he went whooo! (slide down) Hickory, dickory, dock. 
  • Hickory dickory dock, the mouse patted up the clock – the clock struck three (clap 3 times) and he went wheeee! (slide down) Hickory, dickory, dock. 
  • Hickory dickory dock, the mouse brushed up the clock – the clock struck four (clap 4 times) and the mouse said ‘no more!’ 

Use the imagery of a mouse – tap dancing, climbing, tip-toeing, jumping, skating, skiing, etc. up the clock.

(*taken from Ms. Joan’s BrainDance Workshop) 

Tips:

*Replace mouse with another animal, or a series of animals. (student’s choice) “Name your favorite animal.” You can incorporate a quality along with the chosen animals, e.g. snake glides, tiger claws, light butterfly brushes, dinosaur stomps, cheetah runs, turtle climbs.