In Drama class, we have been looking at different movements for example Smooth and Jerky movements. We looked at examples like Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly.
Our task in this unit was to make a dance including a storyline with a group of 2 or 3. I made a dance with Tomoka and Elina. We danced to a Song called Vitamin (which sounds weird but means a lot to us) by Girls Generation also known as the top K-pop dancer/singer. This song was sang in Korean but I think the rhythm and the beat is more important than the lyrics so we chose this song.
Our story was about us dancing and Tomoka makes a mistake right when it was the last practice and then we get very mad at eachother. We look at eachother one by one and look who’s the best at dancing but at last we all get sad since we’ve been working together for years. So then we all say sorry which you actually don’t say it directly in the dance but act as if we are saying it.
The main technique we used in the dance was the expression changing around each stage. I couldn’t really show my face well because it was embarrassing. Another technique we used to make it more dramatic was using both jerky/ robotic movements and smooth movements. I think we made our dance balanced by doing this.
The most difficult thing was the actual performing in front of the class. But to make it easier, I tried not to look at people’s face. I stared at the camera most of the time. It was very embarrassing but when it was done, I felt like I accomplished something which was great.
In the dance, I was able to use a whole lot of space in the room. If we only stand in one place it is boring so we chose to use the spaces more.
By watching other people’s dances, I learnt that it is better to be more in to the music and to focus. I was focused in the dance but was too embarrassed that I couldn’t really show my feeling’s through the dance. I was very surprised because when we were practicing I had so much energy going through my body but when it came to the real one I didn’t know what to do and made a lot of mistakes.
In this Dance, I think we had Asymmetry, Symmetry, Balance, Beat and rhythm, jerky/smooth movements, fast/slow movements, emotion in your face, posture and gesture, start and end in a neutral position, stay within the taped area of the performance space.
Some of my group mates did things I actually didn’t do so I am really envious of them. If I can, I really want to do this again because it was really fun.
My passion is to dance so it is a pleasure to learn and do something like this at school. I started dancing from 7 and I still really enjoy it. Now I do Jazz dance and dance with my friends and make up own dances.
It was the best unit I’ve ever done in school!!!! Thank you Mr. Meiklejohn!!!
Oh, and here is my video ↓