This class is happening in conjunction with the music & art class (see the update for that class in the previous blog post), so over the course of 2 hours children learn a song, a tune, and an accompanying dance.
The children that aren't in the music class first work on controlling their feet to the tunes we are learning to play, demonstrated beautifully here:
It might look like a bunch of silliness, but what is *actually* happening is that kids have learned to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on whistle, concertina, fiddle and bodhrán, and while they play in a session style format, two sean-nós dancers are working on controlling their feet to match the tune. I'm particularly taken with Olive's heel drop in between the first and second time through the tune. #nailedit
Traditional Rhythm: "The Connemara Basic Step" and "Snoopy Shuffle"
(NOTE: This is simply the name assigned to it when people started teaching. These steps would not have had names, as they were being passed via absorption in dance/music communities)
Mechanics: Hop (4) heel down (+1) heel down (+2) heel down (+3)
Elements: Hop (quarter note), Shuffle (2 eighth notes, +1)
Mechanics: step (4) heel down (+1) step (2) heel down (+3)
Elements: Step, meaning the foot goes down with weight (quarter note), shuffle (2 eighth notes, +1)
Because the students are learning the song and the tune, it's a logical progression to then teach the dance that goes along with it! This turned nicely into a social dance with band situation, where students can choose to play the tune or dance, or jump back and forth between both!
First we sang the Rattlin Bog (all the verses). Then kids tried to start learning it on their instruments during choice time. And during dance I taught them the patty-cake polka to the same tune to reinforce controlling your body to dance with the music (the music never stops, so you have to keep going no matter what happens). But, omg. Watch Dale on the bodhrán. He has different sticks and is trying so hard to match up with the patty cake parts. #nailedit #hundredlanguagesofchildren
Dances we have covered so far:
- Heel-Toe Polka (Rattlin' Bog) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLHuu3Ygvns
- The Hair Fell Off of My Coconut (A Hundred Pipers/Peeler and the Goat) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Gkvv3YEnU
- Put your Little Foot (Shoe the Donkey) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeeKvdhwBNs