I came across a blog post about using fans and scarves recently and it inspired me to look again at a previous post I had about using Movement Cards I created a couple years ago. The original post is here.
I have many different kinds of ribbon streamers but all were homemade. My favorite are made out of dowels and have fishing bobber atttachments (they twirl!) so don't get wrapped around students arms! I have also attached ribbons onto new elastic hairbands, and these work well for going around the wrist, although I prefer the ones on sticks as students have more control "drawing" with them in the air.
Here is how mine are made: 6 - 7 feet of ribbon works perfectly and will not get tangled! The silver stick is a yard stick (spray painted silver for the North Skelton Sword Dance).
And here is how the fisher bobber attachments look once placed:
Lots of music can be made into a fan/ribbon/scarf dance, from traditional instrumental folk recordings to classical pieces, from Indian folk to Spanish flamenco music.
Here is one idea for using a piece with the movement cards:
Tale of Two Villages
Source: Music for Creative Dance by Eric Chappelle, Contrast & Continuum, Volume 1, available from itunes
Formation: Individuals scattered around room
Prepare for movement:
Move only arms to the beat for 8 beats, teacher plays drum for 8 beats
Move only one leg, etc., experiencing various levels of movement (high, middle, low), shapes created with body (circle, triangle, etc.), and ways of moving (twist, leap, jump, walk, bend, slither, sway, melt,etc.)
A Section: Non-locomotor movement (stay in place, move body to the beat)
B Section: Locomotor movement (travel and move body to the beat)
“Notice what your neighbors are doing, try something you see someone else doing”
Discuss words to describe movement, discuss the activity; lead to discovery/labeling of same/different, “A” and “B” sections of music.
Another day use ribbon wands and UPP; half the class has ribbon wands, half the class has UPP.
Ribbon wands will watch as teacher changes shape cards below * on A section (mbira/kalimba playing on recording)
UPP players will improvise on B section (drumming)
Movement Cards: Right click to save, import into powerpoint or other graphics-friendly program, enlarge, print onto cardstock, laminate and cut apart!