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Dances

Friendship Dances

The dances we made are based on the theme of Friendship, Support and Trust.The year 5 children made them up themselves and danced them in small groups of 3 or 4 dancers.

Going under each other’s arms representsUnderhillSchool, falling back is a sign of trust and support. 

Each group used the same music which is from Sacred Spirit. 'Winter Ceremony'  ( Tor-Cheney-Nahana).

Dance 1    Dance 2    Dance 3    Dance 4

 

African Dance

The children chose this dance, because they were learning aboutAfricain class and a number of our children are of African heritage.  The children made their own dance moves, based on the lifestyle of the Africans, for example, hunting, harvesting, etc. 

The dance is very energetic and lively and they dance to the sounds of the drums.

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Ring O' Roses

"Ring a Ring o' Roses"  is a nursery rhyme or folksong and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881; but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the 1790s.

The Lyrics

Ring a Ring O' Roses,
A pocketful of posies,
Atishoo!  Atishoo!
We all fall down!

"Ring a Ring O' Roses" is said to be a macabre parody on the horrors of the Great Plague.  The Great Plague (1665–1666) was a massive outbreak of disease inEngland that killed an estimated 100,000 people, 20% ofLondon's population.  One of the first signs of the plague was a ring of rose-coloured spots, and the protection against this terrible disease was, in popular belief, a posy of herbs.  Sneezing was taken as a sure sign that you were about to die of it, and the last line "We all fall down" omits the word, "dead"! 

The second and third verses are:

Picking up the posies
Picking up the posies
Atishoo! Atishoo!
We all jump up!

Cows are in the meadow
Eating up the daisies
Atishoo! Atishoo!
We all jump up!

However, these verses have been added in later years and their meaning is less clear.  It may have been an attempt to “lighten” the meaning of the song for younger children.

The dance steps are very easy:

Children hold hands and circle clockwise (until the end of the second line)

Drop hands, stand still and make “sneezing” motion (at line Atishoo)

Drop to fall (We all fall down)

Children pretend to pick flowers (Picking up the posies).

Make “sneezing” motion (at line Atishoo)

Jump up (We all jump up)


And repeat!

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