Description:In this simple singing and mimicry game, children join hands and circle around a child in the center of the circle. The child in the center does a movement that the other children copy. Instructor Jennifer Rose Escobar of Berea explains the French and English origins of the game, then sings and dances Punchinella with a group of primary students.
- Watch the video for ideas on how to teach this traditional dance to your students.
- Show the video to students to help them learn the dance or understand the cultural significance of the dance.
- Show or use as an introduction to mimicry.
- Show to compare dances of diverse cultures.
- Show this segment with other circle dances from the toolkit (Ciranda, Seven Jumps, and Little Johnny Brown) and ask students to compare the dances.
For more information:
(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)
See the Dance and Culture section of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.