This tune is an update on the folk classic, "Cripple Creek." It is in Mixolydian tonality and unusual-paired meter. I use it as an acculturation and movement activity in "five."
The notation and challenging dance movements appear below, which are from my new book, MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De.
Dance Language Vocabulary
The movement terminology I use are from the pedagogy of movement specialist Phyllis Weikart. All of her dances and ideas are in her wonderful book, Teaching Movement and Dance. You can find used copies of previous editions on Amazon pretty cheaply.
In addition, videos of her dances, including her sequential teaching steps, are available at West Music. I cannot recommend her teaching strategies enough. I use them all the time at the middle school level. The beauty is that when you learn her dance vocabulary, students can generalize from one dance to the next, and the process becomes very quick!
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