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Put a little funk in your step, create a crew identity and start a Soul Train line at home in this Family Activity for Funkedified! For each show in our season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Put a Little Funk in Your Step

Inspired by the soundtrack of his youth—Soul Train on the T.V. and James Brown on the radio—Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in Funkedified. In this activity, get to know a little bit about the fascinating history of funk and learn a few simple locking moves! 

Step One: Read through these fun facts.

Funk Facts
Step Two: Get inspired by some of these professional and amateur dancers on Soul Train by watching this video.
Step Three: Follow along to learn these three easy steps.
 
 
Working Through Your Crew

Most of Soul Train's success is owed to the dancers' colorful costumes and amazing moves. In this activity, you'll create a name and look for your crew!

Materials: Dancer template

Step One: Look at some of these dance crew styles for inspiration!

The Lockers
The Lockers
 
The Lockers
The Lockers
 
Nerd Alert
Nerd Alert
 
Boogie Bots
Boogie Botz
 
Fanny Pak
Fannie Pak
 
Jabbawockeez
The Jabbawockeez

Step Two: Create your signature move! This can be anything you want. It could be your own spin on popular dances of today like dabbing or the backpack kid. Maybe you could bring a new flare to a classic, like the electric slide. If the spotlight is on you, what's your move?

Signature Dance Move

Step Three: Let's start with your crew name. You and your family or friends can draw inspiration from your hometown, where you live now, your favorite colors, your favorite hobby or your go-to dance moves. You can even use some nicknames. Here are some dance crew names to inspire your creation. 

Crew Names

Step Four: Get your look on point! Whether you're inspired by a cool over-the-top hat, some shiny pants or your favorite color, create a memorable look for your dance crew! Once you figured it out, print out one of these templates and sketch out some of your crew's outfit ideas. 

Dancer Cutouts

Souuuul Train!
You have your crew, you have your look and you even have a few moves! Test out some of these moves at home in a Soul Train line with your family and friends!

Step One: Start by making two lines, or even a small huddle.

Soul Train

Step Two: Give everyone a chance to show off their moves or dance down the line with a partner, but never stop moving or cheering them on!

Step Three: Turn on some of these tunes to get the party started!
 
 


 

 
Funkedified Thumb Get on up with Rennie Harris Puremovement! Inspired by the soundtrack of his youth—Soul Train on the TV and James Brown on the radio—Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in the world premiere of Funkedified. Get your tickets today!
Posted by Beth Henderson

In 15 years, 389,000 New York City students have discovered the transformative magic of theater in their classrooms with the New Victory Teaching Artists. To celebrate the exciting anniversary of our Classroom Workshop Program, we reached out to a few teachers who have collaborated with us over the years!



The New Victory Theater has been special from the start. Not only do they provide high-quality kid's theater from around the world, but sign-interpreted performances are scheduled for every production. I do not know if any other theater provides such accessibility to their young patrons. 

That respect and care is carried over into the pre- and post-show classroom workshops, where Teaching Artists visit our classroom to deepen our students' experience and understanding of each show. For example, my class attended A Sky For The Bears this season, which explores the themes of death and acceptance through puppetry and shadows. Our in-class post-show workshop directed the students to create cardboard puppets and play with shadow and light to create their own story of what it means to "go away but remain in someone's heart." After the visit, we continued to tell stories using shadow and light by setting up a learning center. The workshop challenged both our teachers' and our students' thinking and creativity. 

Thank you to the New Vic for respecting students and collaborating with teachers!
—Gary Wellbrock, PS 347 in New York, New York
  


I'm a music teacher at a public school in the South Bronx, where all of our students are developmentally disabled, multi-handicapped, autistic and/or have emotional disabilities. The workshops provide a creative space where students can participate in exciting ways. The Teaching Artists accommodate all students, regardless of their limitations. With them, every student is a star. The creativity and wisdom of our students have wowed us—the staff—many times.

The pre-performance workshops really prepare our students for the show they will be seeing and the post-performance workshops expand upon what they've seen. It goes without saying, but everyone, including my principal, sees these workshops as crucial to our arts program.

I commend The New Victory Theater for offering these wonderful workshops that stretch the imagination. I also can't thank them enough for giving our students an opportunity to experience live performances in an atmosphere that makes them all feel comfortable. Their hard work is greatly appreciated!
—Rita Prince, P186X in The Bronx, New York
 

The Teaching Artists who prepare the students to see the performances, or follow up on the visit are always high quality. The activities are fun, well-structured and expertly delivered. I've even stolen some of their ideas for use in my own work! It always amazes me how much they are able to accomplish in a short period of time like creating musical numbers, teaching circus tricks and staging shadow puppet shows. 
—Ron Sopyla, PS 88 in Queens, New York
 

I've been a public school elementary Drama Teacher for 23 years. When the New Vic first opened, I was so happy to have a place that consistently offered real theater for my students. When the classroom workshops started, it brought our experience to an entirely different level. The Teaching Artists are always top-notch, engaging and flexible! They get my students to open up their thinking (before and often after) a performance in a way that no amount of simply discussing the piece could ever do.
—Cynthia Blackwell, PS 58 in Brooklyn, New York
 

My experience with The New Victory Theater's Classroom Workshops has been wonderful! The Teaching Artists are enthusiastic, positive, patient and they know just what it takes to work with the students. Even my quietest students are excited to participate in the engaging activities they offer! Having the classroom workshops before going to a performance has really helped my students connect more to the show itself. It makes them feel like insiders, and they appreciate the experience so much more!

At one particular pre­show workshop, I had a student tell the teaching artist that she would not be coming to see the show with her class because she had an appointment to get her cast removed for her broken arm. The teaching artist told me that if I contacted the theater, they could set her family up with tickets for one of the public performances. I did this and the family got to see the show later that week. We were all so grateful for the kindness and consideration that was shown by the Teaching Artist and by the theater!
—Joan Christou, Nest+m in New York, New York
 
 
Funkedified Thumb Interested in learning more about our Classroom Workshop Program? Find out more here!
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