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Drama Game: Dance Your Name


Mar 7, 2016 Drama Games 3 Comments

Dance Your Name Theatre GamePurpose: A great simple warm-up or lead-in to a class in which the kids will be dancing.


1.  Have the class stand in a circle.

2. Instruct the students that one by one they are to step into the circle and spell their first name in the air using their body parts. The body parts they need to use must go in order from top to bottom:

1st Letter: Head
2nd Letter: Arm
3rd Letter: Hips
4th Letter: Knee
5th Letter: Foot
(then repeat if there are more than 5 letters)

3. The game ends when everyone has had a turn!

Note: This is a great warm-up before beginning choreography work on a show.

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  • Nicola Sutcliffe
    May 31, 2016 at 8:47 am Reply

    How about everybody spelling all of the names instead of just watching the centre person?

  • summer ray larson
    Jun 9, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

    the j dsg mnsja
    3rd Letter: Hips
    4th Letter: Knee
    5th Letter: Foot

    the end nsdg wieh sn

  • Christy
    Mar 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

    I do a similar exercise before teaching choreography. They are put in small groups and each person comes up with a movement for their name, teaching it to the rest of their group. Once they know all the movements, they put them together, with music, and make it into a “dance” including saying all the names.

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