Minute Masterclass Episode 127

Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance and creator of the Foundations Course for Early Childhood Dance Educators and the DiscoverDance Experience Membership. Today, we are exploring the second pattern of the BrainDance: tactile. Our skin is our largest organ and sensing tool. The tactile pattern wakes up our skin and helps develop the skills needed for sensory integration and proprioception. Proprioception is often referred to as our sixth sense. It is our body’s ability to sense itself. For example, being able to bring a water bottle to our mouth without looking at the bottle or, in dance, being able to bring our arms to fifth position without watching our arms or seeing them in the mirror. 

 For tactile, slapping, tapping, squeezing, or brushing our body (to name a few) are ways we can feel different sensations on our skin. We can tap our fingers from our head to our toes as we stretch our hamstrings. We can use imagery of rain drops, brushing off spider webs, or playing the drums on different body parts. We can use props such as scarves to bounce, rub, or glide along our skin or noodle sticks to tap or roll along our muscles. Two or three different sensations along the front and back of the body are all you need before moving on to the next pattern. For more information, to enroll in the Foundations Course or join the DiscoverDance Experience, visit DiscoverDance.com.

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