Can the shapes in a mobile be like the shapes we make with our bodies? How can we move using physics concepts we observe in the world around us?

In How Is A Mobile Like a Dance?, we look at the way kinetic sculptures move, using balance and counterbalance. Then, expanding these physical concepts into metaphorical ideas, we explore movement, music, visual art, and theatre through the lens of balance and counter balance.  Over the course of the workshop, students make their own mobiles, create their own dances and music scores, and contribute to a giant group kinetic sculpture.


Concepts & Projects


Shape of the Body in Space
Positive & Negative Space
Pathways Through Space
Balance & Counterbalance
Contact Improvisation
Movement Sequencing


Mobile Design Drawings
Individual Mobiles
Giant Mobile (Group)


Performance Quality


Point & Counterpoint



Workshop Details

For: Students age 8-13, up to 20 students per class

Time Required: One Week, 4-6 hours per day

Instruction: Babs Case, two additional instructors and one or two student assistants

Performance Opportunities: Can include a final performance

Requires: An open space for moving, a space with tables, chairs, and a sink for visual art (must be separate from the movement space), access to an outdoor space, boom box or system for playing music.

Organizations who have presented this curriculum: PALS