Warm Up: Follow the Leader K-6th Grade

Megan teaches a fun way to warm up anywhere you are!

Warm up: Follow The Leader and Locomotor Movements

Turn on one of your favorite songs to dance to and pick a leader.

The leader will do movements (make sure to cover the whole body from head to toe) and everyone else will follow along trying to match the movements of the person leading. Do this for the whole song!

Next have another song ready. Come up with four or five locomotor movements or action words such as: swim, leap, skip, run, jump, crawl, spin, sleep etc. Put them in an order and try them out around the living room.

When the song begins pick an action word like “skip.” Turn on the song and skip around your space. When you stop the music everyone must freeze. Then choose the next action word. When the music turns on begin to “crawl.” Crawl until the music is paused. Do this for four to five more action words.

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Megan O’Brien is dancer/artist born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At a young age, she fell in love with movement and performance when she created impromptu shows to classic rock songs for her mom and dad. For 15 years Megan extensively trained at The Winner School in many different styles of dance. She continued her training at the University of Utah School of Dance on full scholarship and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Modern Dance. Throughout her training Megan has had the privilege to learn from and work with Danielle Agami (Ate9 Dance), LajaMartin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Company 605 (Vancouver), The Penguin Lady, and the Staatliche Ballettschule School located in Berlin, Germany. She has performed in works by LajaMartin, Michio Ito, Bill Evans, Lesley Telford, Stephen Koester, Nick Blaylock, and Sharee Lane. She is compelled to share her art and passion with the community through independent choreographic projects and through nurturing the growth of young artists by teaching at many local schools (K-12) and dance studios in Utah. This is her second season working with Repertory Dance Theatre. 

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