Type: Ensemble Building, Focus.
- A great way to get students aware of body movement and working together
- It is best to do this after students have done some mirror exercises.
- Students create four person circles (or squares, you could say) and assign numbers – 1, 2, 3, and 4 – to each student
- You explain that you will call out a number. The person with that number will be the leader and will start moving SLOWLY so that the three other students can follow their moves.
- The point is for the four students to look like they are moving as one – so that no one from the outside could tell who the leader is.
- You will give each number about one minute to be the leader, coaching them on going more slowly and really being aware.
- After one round, let the groups change the numbers again and open up a competition. You will again call out numbers – and change more quickly if they need a better challenge – as you and the other instructors walk around the room and try to guess who the leaders are.
- Groups will be tapped out as you are able to figure out who is leading.
- The last team standing wins.
- Of course use your judgment in tapping out teams – trying to tap out teams that clearly are not in sync. If groups are really excellent, tell them that there is no leader – that they have to move as one without having any leader.