EXERCISE: BRAIN/BODY

This 2 person exercise is to help dancers explore outside their established repertoire. 

ROLES

Brain (instigator): The job of the Brain is to think of new movements for the Body to use in their dancing.   This person is encouraged to be playful with their calls in order to help the Body get outside their box.  

Body (responder): The job of the Body is to dance continuously and keep time with the music while responding to the Brain's directions.  

BENEFITS FOR THE BRAIN

  • Create new movement ideas without the pressure of dancing it immediately.   The Brain gets to see what it looks like on someone else. 
  • Practice brainstorming in the moment.  

BENEFITS FOR THE BODY

  • Practice focusing on staying in time with the music while new information is coming in.  
  • Practice incorporating outside inspiration to create dance in the moment
  • Step outside of the box without needing to think about how to do that. 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Body starts dancing, and establishes a flow.  
  2. Brain calls out an element (drums), body part (heels), movement command (hop), or step (basic).   
  3. Body incorporates that element into the dancing they are already doing, and establishes a flow with that element. 
  4.  Repeat.