No introduction. Just start dancing the sections of the story listed below.
|Have the children lie down and go to sleep as they listen to the “Main Title.”|
|After the song ends run to them and ask several children if they have seen your shadow. Look around for your shadow for a while then slowly enter the room with the one spot light (or turn off the lights and turn on the one spot light). “Oh there’s my shadow!” Have the children follow your movement as you dance while watching your shadow (and the children’s shadows). Play your drum during this section. Make your shadows: leap, jump, disappear, become crooked, straight, round, have only legs, have dancing arms, etc. Finally sneak up and catch your shadow. Carry it back to the room with the lights on (or turn the lights on). Try putting it on with soap then realize you must sew it on. Wiggle to make sure it doesn’t fall off.|
|Play “You Can Fly” Follow the words in the song: Stop. Listen. Think of thoughts. Start to rise. Fly. Repeat the last 5 steps. Fall down. Sprinkle Pixie Dust on the children. Think of new thoughts. Rise. Fly in curving pathways – add leaps and turns in the air. Fly out the window into the night around the stars and moon. End on a cloud. “Look – there’s Neverland!”|
|Play “A Pirates Life.” Look I see Captain Hook and Smee! Let’s join them! Play the song again and dance a pirates dance (things like step-hops & lift leg high with arms pulling back followed by an off balanced turn). Repeat since the song is so short.|
|“What else can we find at Neverland?” Play “What Makes Red Man Red.” Join the Indians and dance Indian moves around a campfire. Have the children follow you. Then repeat the song and tell them to come up with their own Indian moves. As you see something appealing, say “everyone follow (name of child)”. Try several movements from the children.|
FOLLOW THE LEADER
|“Look I see the Lost Boys!” Play “Following the Leader.” Have the children line up behind you and start to do simple movements that they follow. If you want you can have a child lead the movement.|
WALK THE PLANK
|“Guess what time it is?” (Many children say “time to go?”) “No! It’s time to walk the plank! Line up behind me.” Slowly walk to the beat of your drum. Then stop and lift one leg. Slowly fall onto that leg followed by a big twisting, crazy fall onto the ground (or in the “water”) and roll. All the children follow.|
|Play “Never Smile at a Crocodile.” Start to swim. Roll onto back and open and close arms slowly (representing mouth) to the beat of music. Stand up and tick tock back and forth because of the clock ticking inside. Dive back into the water and swim and repeat the arms opening and closing.|
I WON’T GROW UP
|Wendy says, “Peter, it’s time to get back to London”. Peter says, “No! If I go back I’ll have to grow up. I won’t Grow up!”. Play “I Won’t Grow Up” by Cathy Rigby. Put on your Peter Pan hat. With the music, create a shape. The children copy. (Do a total of 4 shapes). Then free dance. While free dancing, place the hat on a child. The child makes a shape. The class copies. (Do a total of 4 shapes). Repeat this sequence to give more children a chance to be the leader.|
|Play the “Main Title” again. “It’s time to fly home.” Wave good-bye to Neverland. Fly through the night and then back to London. Lie down in bed and go to sleep.|
This could be a dance for an informance. Practice the sequence straight through. Also read “Peter Pan” in the classroom. Discuss key details and check for understanding of the content in the story. Also compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of the characters in the story.
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