Patterns to Move Through Space

Take your movement outside with Lauren with this creative exploration of patterns and large loco motor movement!

First

Pick a spot in your yard or driveway where you have room to move.

Second

Think of a verb. Below are a few suggestions to get you started!

  • Fly
  • Scoop
  • Swing
  • Vibrate
  • Skitter
  • Slide
  • Jiggle
  • Dart
  • Slash
  • Bounce

Third

Explore moving with the verb you have chosen. Try investigating moving just one body part using your verb, using your whole body to explore the verb and using your verb to travel you through space.

Fourth

Pick a new verb and explore all the different ways it can travel you around your yard or driveway.

Fifth

Put your verbs together to create a pattern. For example, if you chose “fly” and “scoop” as your verbs your pattern would be: FLY-SCOOP-FLY-SCOOP-FLY-SCOOP.

Sixth

Use your movement pattern to travel you throughout your yard. See how much space you can cover! Once you have tried your pattern a few times pick some new verbs and try again, or create a pattern made up of more verbs for an additional challenge!


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Lauren began her training in Lowell, Massachusetts at Walker’s Dance. She was a scholarship recipient at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance. In her time at Hartt, Lauren furthered her training at the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, Martha Graham School, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, and Henny Jurrien Stichting (NL). Upon graduating she was offered a contract with Repertory Dance Theatre, where she has performed works by world-renowned choreographers such as Jose Limon, Elisa Monte, Donald McKayle, Danielle Agami, and Zvi Gotheiner. Lauren is a faculty member at Creative Arts Academy and teaches master classes at studios and University programs throughout the country. She has been a member of the company since 2014.