Dance: Limited Physicality Study (Grades 9-12)

Teacher: Jennifer Landa
School:  Ridgewood High School
Location: Ridgewood, NJ
Grade: 9-12
Subject: Dance
Lesson: Limited Physicality Study

One Semester Course – PEARLS Project Unit

  1. Limited Physicality Study
  2. Poem Study
  3. Portrait Study
  4. Solo Portrait Study
  5. Group Piece


  • Students will be exposed to handicapped dance
  • Students will be able to create movement using limited physicality
  • Students will be able to create a short dance study using limited movement vocabulary
  • Students will be able to recognize the beauty and power in dance with limited physical capability

Duration: 4 Class periods

Materials: Music, Props as necessary, Mirror, Video


  • Students are exposed to the idea of handicapped dance
  • Students view video of different handicapped dance – dancers in wheelchairs, dancers with missing limbs, dancers who are deaf, etc.
  • Students reflect on what they have seen


  • Students create movement with limited physicality
  • Students create a movement vocabulary within a physical limitation
  • Students are paired up to create a duet using their limitation and vocabulary
  • Students perform duets


  • Students and teacher give feedback on performance of duets.
  • Students reflect on the beauty of this type of dance and what it means to have a physical handicap.

Student Outcomes/Assessment: By the end of the lesson the students will have created a duet study using limited physicality. They will be able to create choreography for students with limited physical ability and they will be able to use a limited movement vocabulary to create dance. They will be assessed through verbal and written feedback, both self-assessed and teacher assessed.




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