Tell Us a Story: Pantomime in Dance

Project Description

In nearly all classical forms of dance there is no dialogue. To convey a story a dancer uses pantomime for exposition. Pantomime helps convey character, and every gesture is important in the telling of the story. In this activity, students will learn basic mime vocabulary used in all classical ballet storytelling, and use this new language to create their own tales.

Pantomime in dance booklet and flash cards

Guiding Question:

Learning How to Tell the Story: What are the different approaches artists use to tell stories? 

Artistic Process


About Thomas Shoemaker

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