Pieces to Play Laura Webster Hoe Ana Tahitian canoe dance • This is a canoe paddle dance of the Rarotongo Islands/Tahiti. • This lovely dance can be adapted for many different environments – especially ones with desks/chairs/risers! • The unison, fluid movement is a wonderful way to center a group or relax after a challenging music class. • We can also use some of the movement ideas from this dance to help create a new dance later on. Stomp – Group Work • Small groups create new sections with existing rhythm creating new variations • Use found sounds or…. • Use instruments or…. • Use movement or…. • Use speech or…. • Use something I haven’t thought of or… • Any combination of the above! Break! Raas a stick dance from India • A traditional dance done at weddings and other joyful events in India. • When brought to America it was taught to American disco music and is often still done to disco (mostly Indian disco) music today. • Raas is often choreographed to form new group shapes and uses other folk dance concepts as well as new choreographic ideas. Over/Under/Around and Through Ram Ram Add Melody Add text Arrangement Tambourine: Sita, Sita Hand Drum: Happy Diwali Bass Xylophone: Hanuman, Hanuman, Fly up high Glockenspiel: Lights, pretty lights Finger Cymbals: (downbeat) Ram, Ram Ram Creating a Dance for Ram Ram • Mudras – d/r/m or recorder fingerings or traditional • Body Isolations – eyes! • Yoga Cards – poses - shapes Ram and Sita – a story of Diwali from India – Retold by Laura Webster There once was a very powerful and handsome prince named Ram. He fell in love and married princess Sita. (Composed group dance with Ram Ram Song) Ram’s wicked stepmother wasn’t happy – she sent them away to live in the dark and dangerous forest. (Recorded traveling music – improvised movement with Over/Under/Around and Through) One day while Ram was out hunting, an old beggar man approached Sita. “Please just a little rice?” Sita was too soft hearted, as she reached out to help the man, he magically transformed into the evil demon king, Ravana and he whisked her away to his castle. “Come here and talk to me!” “Please just a little rice?” “Won’t you help a begger man?” “I’ve got you now Sita!” “Oh, hello.” “I don’t know.” “I should go!” “help me Ram – OHHH!” When Ram found out that his lovely Sita had been stolen away, he called upon Hanuman, the monkey king of the sky, to help him. Hanuman called on all his monkey subjects to help Ram build a bridge of stones across the ocean to the castle of evil King Ravana. When Ram got to the castle an epic battle began. (STOMP piece with Relationship dance) Ram finally defeated King Ravana with his magic bow and arrow. As Ram and Sita returned to their village on the back of the flying Hanuman, they saw below the lights of the people guiding them home. Everyone rejoiced because good triumphed over evil. (Dandiya Raas dance) Thanks for having me! Japanese Rice Cake Game as I learned it from Marian Rose – used with permission Omo, chio, suki, macho Omo, chio, suki, macho Petan ko, petan ko, petan petan petan ko _kanute _kanute _kanute, kanute, kanute Bom, bom, bom-bom-bom Bom, bom, bom-bom-bom Bom-bom-bom-bom-bom-bom-bom! Sanskrit Proverb by Kalidasa Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course lie all The realities and verities of existence The bliss of growth, The splendor of action, The glory of power – For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only of vision, But today, well lived, Makes every yesterday a dream Of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.