1. GENERAL HEADING: Warm-up Exercises
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Walk Around"
3. GOALS: To build concentration, alertness, and a group dynamic.
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Group Exercise: unlimited maximum
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None.
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: 10 minutes
7. STEP-BY-STEP-DESCRIPTION: Form the class into a circle--have them all turn sideways so that they are looking at the back of the person next to them. Have the students begin to walk slowly--sidecoach to insure that equal distance is kept between each person. Now establish a rhythm by having the class count off 1-2-3-4--each number corresponding to a step. Once a rhythm is established and the students are maintaining their distance, ask the students to clap on the second count (1-clap-3-4) while they continue walking. Once this is established, keep adding to the level of difficulty by telling the students to drag their right foot on 4 (1-clap-3-drag foot). Once this is established, tell them to rub bellies on 3 (1-clap-rub belly-drag foot). Once this is established, and the students are comfortable--STOP! Start the entire process over but this time have the students walk backwards. It helps immensely if you have a drum and beat out time for the students
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: The importance of concentration. The creation of group dynamic. Students love this exercise and find it an enjoyable challenge!
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Adapted from Robert Lewis. Advice to the Players. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1980.
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: Instead of a circle, have the students walk in a square
formation, making sharp turns at the corners and/or a triangle. Another
variation is to change the count from 4/4 time to 6/8 time or 3/4 time.