In the video above, marine biologist Karen Osborn introduces us to the gossamer worm, which lives in the deep sea. She explains how she studies it and shows video of it moving. Then dancer Kylie Murray translates the worm's movements into dance; viewers are encouraged to dance along with her! The program is moderated by ocean educator Lara Noren. This Zoom webinar aired July 16, 2020, as part of the museum's Deep Sea Animal Adaptations week, a Natural History Summer Explorations program for students entering Grades 3-7.
You can watch the video and then do the challenge below, or go right to the challenge.
Deep Sea Exploration Challenge
Dance is a great way to interpret the way animals behave in the deep sea. Your challenge is to create your own dance that is inspired by a deep sea animal that follows this pattern:
8-counts of locomotor movement (traveling movement like walk, skip, roll)
8-counts of non-locomotor movement (move in one spot like bend, twist, sway)
Your dance will be designed by considering five important elements of dance.