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Free Activity: Creating Sounds to Match Body Movements

Creating Sounds to Match Body Movements

Making silly sounds and matching them with body movements is an amazing way for your young dancers to get creative and have fun!

Using sound effects is a great way to demonstrate speed, energy, levels and size. Different sounds can be used to match our movements, helping our dancers comprehend what is required of them and what sensations they should be experiencing.  In addition to keeping students engaged, adding sounds also make different concepts easier to remember! Check out our new activity cards to help unleash your student’s creative silly sounds.

Freebie alert! Creating Sounds to match body movements. Three movement concept cards are shown in the center and the words "swoosh", "zoom", "ping!", "thud", "bam!" and "shshshsh" surround them.

How to Use

These movement cards are easy to use. Show a card to your dancers and ask them what sound they think that movement makes. Or, make a silly sound and ask your dancers which card they think matches that sound. Remember, there are no wrong answers! Try to emphasize the variety of movement qualities, weight and energy, levels and body size of the pictures. After showing your students the cards and coming up with a “sound effects vocabulary”, put together different combinations of movements. Have your dancers perform them across the floor for your Skills section, within your Creating Together time or during Exploration. Choose movements that correspond with your class concept, such as jumping and creeping on the floor for Levels and Pitch, smooth stretching with sharp marching and stomps for Energy and Dynamics, etc.

Have your dancers say their sound with the movements as they do them. It’s sure to be a silly and fun activity!

Connecting Movements with Sounds

We love connecting body movements with sounds because it helps our dancers develop important skills such as coordination, creativity and problem-solving. Connecting body movements with sounds allows kids to be creative and explore their movements in a unique way. Additionally, connecting body movements with sounds helps kids to understand how music and rhythm work together, which helps them express themselves in a fun and meaningful way. This is especially useful for our auditory learners (those who learn best by listening) and our auditory/kinesthetic learners (those who learn best by listening and doing).

Free Download

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4 movement concept cards. 1. cartoon girl jumping with explosion lines behind her. 2. a cartoon body running with yellow "fast" lines behind him. 3. a cartoon girl in a wavy body position with wavy lines on both sides of her body. 4. a cartoon girl in a twisted shape with a swirly line next to her.
4 movement concept cards. 1. a cartoon girl dancing on her tiptoes with feathers floating around her. 2. a cartoon boy leaping over an inverted V. 3. a cartoon girl upside with a swirly line beneath her. 4. a cartoon boy with his upper body curved to the side and a curved arrow above him.
4 movement concept cards. 1. a cartoon boy crawling on the ground with wavy lines above him. 2. a cartoon girl jumping straight up and a spring under her. 3. a cartoon boy marching with pointed arrows at his elbows and knees. 4. a cartoon boy stomping his foot and a big star explosion beneath his foot.

Learn more about what makes Intellidance® unique

The foundation of the Intellidance® Method is the combination of dance and music concepts, identifying specific vocabulary in dance and music, and developing the understanding of both through the connection between concepts. These connected concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, practice, and create using multiple senses and intelligences. This is what makes the Intellidance® Method so unique!

Interested in learning more? Check out our website to continue reading about Intellidance® Method.

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