Animals, including humans
Spark a conversation with this video showing dancers of different ages. This activity is great for describing observations and applying ideas in unfamiliar contexts.
Run the activity
1. You’re going to watch a short video. The aim isn't to find right answers, it's to explore ideas and find out what they know.
- Do they know what might happen based on the image?
2. After you've watched the video, lead a discussion with your class:
- What is different about the dancers?
- How do the movements change?
- What can older dancers do that younger dancers cannot?
- How have their bodies changed?
3. Ask the class to describe what they saw using only one word.
This video shows many different styles of dance and techniques but as you watch the video, you will see a progression in the dancers ages, and with that different capabilities and skills: balance, flexibility, coordination and increasing complexity in the dances. As children grow the proportions of their head size to body length and limb length varies, which impacts on coordination and balance. At birth, the head is approximately one quarter of total body length, while at 25 years of age the head is only approximately one-eighth of the total length. Limbs become longer relative to total body length during the years of growth. We can also train our bodies to move in new ways and build muscle to achieve strength and athleticism, such as when combing gymnastic movments with dance, and memorize more complex dance routines responding to different musical rhythms.
Take it further
Use these activities from In the Zone to investigate further how our bodies move. These activites include full lesson plans.
Clips via Shutterstock (in order of appearance)
Students dancing in a public school in India © BlackBoxGuild
Little girls in ballet classroom © Pressmaster
Girl dancing and having fun © HQuality
Boy dancing to camera outdoors © Monkey Business Images
Happy children dancing in circle © Iakov Filimonov
Little girl singing and dancing in the park © Ronnachai Palas
Two children during a dance lesson © BlackBoxGuild
Brothers flossing together at home © Kev Klopper