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Stop! Dance! Clap!

Wake up your brain and get your body moving. This challenging game will make you think, move, and laugh. 

Two amazing actors from our 19/20 season join us to take on the challenge of Stop! Dance! Clap! Tina and Cora can Stop, Dance, and Clap, but can they do them in reverse/ opposite? 

Designed for All Ages! (instructions and adaptations below)

Instructions

  1. You can play this game with the video and have Sara tell you what to do  OR choose one person to be the facilitator.
  2. If you are in-person playing together, have everyone move to find a spot of their own.

  3. In the first round, The Facilitator will call out has 4 action commands:

  •              Stop (Everyone freezes the way they are).

  •              Dance ( Everyone does their silliest dance moves).

  •              Clap (Everyone claps their hands and continues dancing).

  •              Jump ( Everyone does a little jump then goes back to dancing).

  1. The Facilitator will call out the action commands in various different combinations while the other players will try their best to follow along.

  2. Round 2: Time to switch it up!!! Now everytime the Facilitator gives a command everyone should do the opposite  So:

    • Stop now means Dance.

    • Dance now means Stop.

    • Clap means Jump.

    • Jump means Clap.

  6. Play as many rounds as you like. Add some new action commands and let us know what you discovered!

 

Talk it out!

  • What was easy/hard about each round?
  • Why do you think actors might need to use this type of game?
  • What were you thinking about/ feeling during the opposite round?

WHO CAN PLAY THIS GAME?

Anyone! Cora is 7 and she was better at this game than the grownups. So, adults, time to take on this challenge and be a little silly with your young people.

OTHER WAYS TO PLAY THIS GAME

DIGITAL

  • How can you use you camera to add to the fun?
  • What dance moves look cool when you move close or far away from the camera lens?
  • How can you do a jump in and out of frame? 

ANALOG

  • Try adding music to make it into a Freeze Dance! Having music makes the Opposite round even more difficult!

TAKE IT FURTHER!

Create: Make up your own Action Commands and let us know what they are by emailing [email protected] or tagging in a video of you playing on social media! 

WHY PLAY THIS GAME (LEARNING CONNECTIONS)

This game highlights the skills of:  listening, ensemble building, concentration, and physical control. 

Use these variations to make school work fun:

Reading/Writing/Social Studies: Turn active vocabulary words into action commands.  

Science/Math: Change up the action commands to be centered around terms in geography or biology. 

THANK YOU, CORA AND TINA!

Shout out to Tina Stafford and Cora for joining us!! Both of them were seen on our stage in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS as Helen Hubbard and Daisy Armstrong. Cora also played Gretl in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Tina played Celeste in INTO THE BREECHES. 

If you want to follow more of Tina's work, find her HERE!