Life Cycle of a Tree

Daniel Do shares a wonderful creative movement lesson on the life cycle, physicality and appearance of a tree.


  1. Exploring the life cycle, physicality, and appearance of a tree


Explain the rules:

  1. Good listeners who can pay attention
  2. Define the movement space and boundaries
  3. Be creative

Warm Up

Students will warmup their bodies with a growing seed exercise.

  1. Growing from a seed to a tree in 8,4,2,1 count(s)
  2. Wind blowing body, change branches
  3. Show different things on your branch
  4. Change levels
  5. Shake off everything that’s on you

Experience and Identify

Students will explore movement in their own bodies through the elements of dance with a physical tree in their movement space.

  1. SPACE: Can you reach and move around the positive and negative space of the tree, branches, etc?
  2. ENERGY: How can you embody what a tree feels like? (rough, stiff, etc.)
  3. TIME: How can you move slower or quicker in exploring the tree?

Create and Perform

Students will imagine and create their own unique tree. Then they will create a solo starting with their tree as a seed growing into its fullest form. In their dance, they will show all the unique traits that make up the character of their tree (what kind of branches, leaves, how tall, etc.).


  1. Now that you have shown what your tree looks like through movement, can you share and describe what your tree looks like with words?
  2. What kind of an environment does your tree live in?
    a. Would your tree move differently if it lived in a colder/hotter environment?

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Daniel Do was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and received his BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During his time there he had the pleasure to perform works by choreographers including Shaun Boyle, Juan Carlos Claudio, Katie Faulkner, Molly Heller, Satu Hummasti, Stephen Koester, Sharee Lane, Stephen Petronio, and Lesley Telford. He has performed at various festivals such as ACDA, Breaking Ground: Dance and Film Festival, Fringe Festival, RAW Artists, and Women in Dance Leadership Conference. After graduating college, he relocated to Portland, Oregon where he collaborated and performed with Polaris Dance Theatre, Shaun Keylock Company and presented his choreography at the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. He was also selected as a guest dancer with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company and the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance for their Alwin Nikolais France tour. Now back in his hometown, he has presented a co-choreographed work at the 2018 Brine Dance ‘Na’ show. Additionally, he is a member of the project-basedcompany, Cat + Fish Dances. This is Daniel’s first season with RDT.

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