Lesson Plan: “That Power” Seated Dance Tutorial by Matt Barker
Objective: To learn and perform a seated dance routine to Will.i.am and Justin Bieber’s song “That Power,” led by “dance instructor” Matt Barker.
- Video tutorial by Matt Barker
- Chairs with good back support for participants
- A sound system to play “That Power” by Will.i.am and Justin Bieber
- Introduction (5 minutes):
- Introduce the song “That Power” by Will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber.
- Present Matt Barker, the instructor for this seated dance routine.
- Discuss the importance of expression and rhythm in seated dancing.
- Warm-Up (10 minutes):
- Start with a seated warm-up focusing on upper body and arm stretches.
- Incorporate neck and shoulder rolls to increase flexibility.
- Learning the Routine (30 minutes):
- Break the routine into several distinct sections for easier learning.
- Matt Barker demonstrates each section, emphasizing upper body movements and rhythmic arm actions.
- Repeat each section slowly, ensuring participants understand the movements.
- Gradually increase the pace to match the song’s rhythm.
- Sectional Practice (20 minutes):
- Practice each section of the dance repeatedly.
- Focus on synchronizing movements with the music.
- Provide feedback and make adjustments as needed.
- Combining Sections (15 minutes):
- Slowly combine the learned sections to form a complete routine.
- Start with two sections, then add more as participants become comfortable.
- Emphasize smooth transitions between different parts of the dance.
- Full Routine Practice (20 minutes):
- Practice the entire routine multiple times.
- Encourage students to express themselves through their movements.
- Play “That Power” and let participants feel the energy of the music.
- Cool Down (10 minutes):
- Lead a cool-down session with gentle stretches and deep breathing.
- Focus on relaxing the muscles used during the dance.
- Final Performance and Feedback (15 minutes):
- Have participants perform the complete dance routine one final time.
- Applaud their effort and progress.
- Discuss what participants enjoyed and what they found challenging.
- Offer final thoughts and encourage continued practice.
- Congratulate the students on completing the seated dance routine to “That Power.”
- Highlight the benefits of dance for expression and physical activity, even while seated.
- Encourage students to explore more seated dance routines and keep practicing.
This lesson plan is tailored for a seated dance experience, ensuring inclusivity and engagement for all participants, regardless of mobility.