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The Brain Dance

Lisa Brundridge

Melissa Lee-Brundridge

on 22 August 2013

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Transcript of The Brain Dance

Created by: Anne Green Gilbert
Presentation by: Lisa Brundridge
The Brain Dance
Close eyes, if you wish. Inhale deeply.
Try not to let your shoulders come up.
1. Breathing
With your hand,
squeeze strongly:
each arm,
each leg,
the torso,
the back,
& the head.
2. Tactile
Try movements
that reach the center out,
through and beyond fingers,
toes, head, and tail.
3. Core-Distal
4. Head-Tail
Keep your legs still and feet glued to the floor.
5. Upper-Lower
6. Body-Side
Also follow your thumb with your eyes
as it moves from left to right and right to left.
7. Cross Lateral
Crossing the mid-line of the body is necessary for reading and writing and development of vertical eye tracking.
8. Vestibular
Swing upper body and head forward and backward and side to side. Make sure you drop your head so that you are disoriented.
Deep breathing is essential for the brain to fully function. The brain uses 1/5 of the body’s oxygen.
Take 4-5 deep breaths through the nose and out the mouth, filling the belly diaphragm, and lungs.
Tactile stimulation
leads to......
Try scratching or patting your body.
Smoothly brush your whole body.
Sharply slap your whole body.
Lightly tap your whole body.
Sensory Integration
and appropriate behavior.
Proprioception means "one's own", "individual" and perception.
Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.
We reach out
to the environment (interpersonal) ........
Try movements that grow and shrink,
stretch and curl.
Then curl back to the core.
.....and ourselves (intrapersonal).
Now try to move just your head and tail.
Move just the end of your spine (your tail)
(side to side, front to back, circling, shaking).
Now keep your head still.
See how many ways you can move just your head.
Forward, back, side to side, circling, wriggling or shaking, floating, dropping.
keep your body & shoulders
very still!
Using just your lower body, march in place or through space....
...do knee bends, toe-heel, or stand swinging one leg back and forth and then the other.
Float, punch, slash, swing, or shake!
Move your head.
Now add arms.
Then add your spine so that
your whole upper body is moving,
but not the lower.
Core-distal helps with horizontal tracking
for reading.
Make an X with your body. You will move
the left side of your body
while keeping
the right side stable.
Try a lizard crawl with arms and legs open to the side
with one side reaching up
and the other side stretching over to meet the right half....
... and vice versa (like a book opening and closing).
Do a parallel standing crawl with legs and arms in front of you.

Bringing left elbow to right knee while right arm stretches up.
Alternate right and left sides.
Let your eyes travel up and down looking at one thumb or ceiling and floor for vertical eye tracking.
Variation: right hand to left foot.
Start by standing
in the X position.

With your left hand, cross over and
touch your right foot.
We need to get off balance to become balanced. Stimulating the vestibular system develops eye tracking, auditory sense, knowing where we are in space, balance and coordination.
It is important to get dizzy so that
the balance system will be stimulated and developed.
Then spin 15 seconds the other way.
Spin 15 seconds one way, breath, and rest 15 seconds.
What is it?
Based on the human developmental patterns
recognized by neurologists, sensory integration specialists,
and neuro-developmental movement therapists.
This is NOT new information.
It is the first time it has been codified into very simple movement that can be taught to anyone.
How is it used?
Used as a dance or creative movement class warm-up.
Centering and reorganizing body/brain exercise
to start the school day.
Helps children activate & integrate motor pathways connecting the motor cortex
with the frontal “higher thinking” lobe.
Assessment to help identify children who suffer from neurological “gaps” that show up
as ADD and ADHD, behavioral problems,
or an inability to focus or read.
Can be used to focus before tests, performances or presentations, to wake up after sitting
for long periods of time,
or to calm down after excessive stimulation.
Not just for children!
Has positive affects on adults and senior citizens!
8 Brain Dance Patterns
1. Breathe
2. Tactile
3. Core-Distal
4. Head-Tail
5. Upper-Lower
6. Body-Side
7. Cross Lateral
8. Vestibular
Starts dendrites growing from our brain cells.
Brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen
at any given time.
Deep breathing brings oxygen
to the blood and the brain.
We need oxygen to think.
How we breathe affects how
we think and feel.
As babies, tactile stimulus affects the proprioceptor nerves,
which flood the brain
with new sensory information
which stimulates the growth of more dendrites.
Affects proprioceptor nerves and
grows more dendrites .
Develops accurate neuronal pathways.
Affects the functioning of the cerebellum.
Critical to movement, motor, & cognitive functioning.
Key to sense of center
and strong core support.
Helps distinguish edge
between self and the world.
Helps children to move
with efficiency and ease.
Helps develop a strong sense of self.
What is the rationale
behind these 8 patterns?

Beginning of the organization of the core pattern movement.
Development of neck and shoulder strength.
Connects head, spine, and arms
to tail, spine, and legs.
Supports further organization and sequencing
of movement through core.
Awareness of core symmetry
Differentiation of left side/ right side
Horizontal eye tracking
Further organization of core patterning.
Vertical eye tracking
Enhances flow of information
between brain hemispheres.
Affects listening, comprehension, reading, writing,
and spelling skills.
Central to:
motor integration
sensory integration
“We start every class with BrainDance and I teach more in the remaining 24-25 minutes than I ever have in 30. Many of the general ed. teachers use it as well, even if they don’t quite understand the concept of it. All they know is that the kids behave better and learn more after it."
R. T. Music Specialists,
Kalamazo, MI
Does it work?
So.......Let's Dance!
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