Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Intro to Modern Dance: Swings with Sara Lavan

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Hi, I'm Sara.

I am a modern dancer in Alexandria, Virginia.

Modern dance is a style of dance that

began in the late 19th century as a reaction to ballet.

Dancers wanted a style of dance that

had more movement possibilities and freedom of expression.

Today we are going to learn all different ways to swing

our bodies.

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Come into the dance studio.

You can dance in any space that you have available to you.

I like to look in front of me and behind me, side to side,

even reach into the space just to make sure that you're not

going to bump into anything.

How many ways can you swing your body?

Think about a swing set on the playground.

Can you swing two arms?

What about one?

What about your legs?

Can you feel the drop and the swing?

And your arms and hips side to side.

What about your head?

How does that feel?

We can put swings into a series of movements in a dance class

that can be used to warm up our body.

Here's one I like to teach in my dance class.

Bring your arms forward.

We're going to bring one arm behind us as we swing it

and follow it with your eyes, back and forward.

Can you swing the other arm?

Swing back and forward.

Let's do this again, two times on each side.

And I'm going to count to a steady beat of eight

twice here we go.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Again 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Another swinging exercise we can do

is bring both arms up over our head.

We're just going to swing one arm down in front of us

and back up to reach the other.

And let's try it on the other side--

swing and up.

Great job.

Just like before, we're going to do two on each side,

and I will count to eight twice.

Here we go.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and say it again.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

The next swinging exercise I'm going to teach you

as a traveling step.

Let's start by just learning the upper body.

We're going to start by swinging our arms.

Side, side, overhead.

Side, side, overhead.

Now I'm going to teach you the lower half of the body.

Has a little rocking step.

We're going to rock side side, and this

what's going to chase that foot out of the way.

And side, side, and over.

Again, side, side, and it goes--

last practice.

Now let's put the upper and lower half together.

And 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Last time 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and finish.

Now let's put all three exercises together

in a longer sequence.

Remember, we started with our arms forward.

Here we go.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8.

Again, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 5, 6, arms up and 1,

2 3, 4, 5,6 7 again 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 1,

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, 8.

Again now let's do it again with music

but let's listen to the music together so we can count it.

Ready, ready, here we go.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Those are just a few ways you can swing your body.

I encourage you to find new ways to swing your body

and maybe put it into a sequence.

I hope you had fun dancing with me today

and I hope you get to check out other videos

in the online collection.

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