Body Smart: Learn by Doing

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Moving your body when you act it’s a tough mission on its own, but doing it according to the musical score is an even greater ordeal! So, in order to begin this adventure we need to know how we react to music. What do you feel when you listen to your favourite song? What about to that song that reminds you of the person you love? What about a song you hate?

Understanding your own emotions and learning how to use them to your advantage is key in order to express them with your own body. After you’ve achieved this, pay attention to how can you relate this emotion to your face or body, and how you can move in it. The most important thing is to remember we are not dancing, we are expressing. The objective of this is to make the public feel what you want them to.

Have you watched a musical? There are tons of musicals you can watch in order to see how they react to both the background music and the song they must sing, so it’s a great way to practice. Remember you are interpreting, not just playing with your body.

Vocabulary:

  • Score: Orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments.
  • Ordeal: An ancient way of saying test.
  • Advantage: A condition or circumstance that puts one in a favourable or superior position.
  • Achieve: Successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage.

Recommendations:

Try to play a scene using a song! Pay attention to the lyrics and the score, and try to express that with your body. The first thing we usually use is our hands, but this time let’s try to use our whole body. Do you need to punch a pillow? Do it! Do you need to bounce on a ball? Do it! Do anything it takes in order to evocate such reaction from within yourself.

Questionnaire:

  • Write down, what do you feel when you listen to different kind of songs?

Welcome to this activity created by Team Leader in Charge Mr. Braulio D. López Vázquez from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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