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Choose one person to be the cat and another to be the mouse. 2. The other dancers make rows of equal numbers, such as maybe four rows of five dancers evenly spaced. The dancers must leave enough of a gap for the cat or mouse to run between them. 3. The dancers must decide which way the lines are going to be enforced by linking hands or arms. The lines could be vertical or horizontal: Each dancer could link hands with the dancer next to them or the dancers behind and in front of them. Dancers hold hands and form horizontal lines .

They usually es ld with the ey d hands to ho end up holding the fin to s he ac The group re hands of two different closed. dancers. 5. Have the dancers open their eyes to see where they are and, as a whole group, try to unravel themselves. They can talk to each other at first if they need to be guided but it is ideal to complete this task in silence. To add an element of competition you could time the task. You can see if at a later date they can break their record time or you can allocate a specific amount of time for them to succeed.

Ask the dancers to imagine a pathway of energy that travels within the body, between the two parts they have explored. If dancers do not grasp this idea at first, you may do a simple demonstration to get them started. 5. Then, ask dancers to allow impulses of movement to flow seamlessly along different pathways through the body. The goal is to create natural, fluid movements. 6. Once dancers have explored their own movements, have them show a partner; they can guess where the movement was initiated in the body and where it finished.

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