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DANCER magnet

$16.00

This clever, repositioning magnet can demonstrate a gazillion right and wrong ways to use the body instrument.  He likes to demonstrate the difference between alignment and placement, extension and flexion, gesture and posture, and other dance elements. The lively 12-inch DANCER magnet easily shifts into intriguing shapes and transitions with the touch of a finger. (Geller designed).

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Description

The DANCER is both a creative catalyst in the classroom and a teacher’s helper. As long as he is on a magnetic surface he waits to be moved around, repositioned, and choreographed. As a prop, let him hold signs that point directions (“Dressing room this way”), give reminders (“Rehearsal is at 4 pm” ), and reinforce rules (“Three minutes to dress out”).  As a teaching assistant he likes to demonstrates concepts like dance elements, stage direction, and alignment. For example–

DANCE ELEMENTS of Body and Space:

  • Shapes
  • Body parts
  • Postures
  • Gestures
  • Levels
  • Positions
  • Grande Plie, Demi-plie
  • Extension (and hyper-extension)
  • Supports (those possible and impossible)
  • Body parts leading (such as elbows, knees, shoulders, head, hands, feet, hips)
  • Relationships between body parts (how moving one part often affects placement elsewhere)
  • Stylistic positions from jazz, ballet, and other dance styles.

Demonstrating STAGE DIRECTIONS if you have a magnetized white board:

  • Draw a horizontal line as a “stage floor.”  Place him there to show the difference between a leap and jump, a hop and jump; and other desired elevations and landings.
  • Draw a flat parallelogram (2-D) for a “stage” and set him “on it”: downstage, center stage, stage left, etc.
  • Place several dancer magnets on the board to show different relationships in space.
  • Let several dancer magnets demo general space, personal space; near and far space; high, middle, and low space, and other spatial placements.

Made of recycled material with numerous nearly-invisible mini-magnets on the back, the DANCER is at home on any magnetized surface (not provided) and works from there. But his favorite surface is a white magnet board where he is able to have his words put into a “comment bubble.”

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