Christmas Dance Off

Woohoo! Can it be we are ready to share our dances with Mrs. Braidwood’s class? Well, some of us are, and more are on the way. Our finished Pivot stick figure dance animations are beginning to roll in. Find Mrs. Braidwood’s friendly challenge here. She also shared with us a great site for finding Creative Commons  music.

We were plagued by technical difficulties and slooooooow performance in Windows Movie Maker, but we persevered. We hope to have more videos posted on student blogs soon.

We developed criteria together to help us be successful in creating our animations:

  • Use a Creative C0mmons Christmas image, and give credit
  • Design realistic movements, not jerky or impossible movements
  • Include creative moves and transitions
  • Animation should fit with the background, and make use of it
  • Visibilty of dancer (if the background is dark make dancer light)
  • Pivot is dancing, not just moving
  • Music is Creative Commons, and give credit

Tyler, who happened to be the first done, was the great trouble-shooter and technical support guy to the whole class. Here’s his creation:

Christmas Pivot by Tyler from Jan Smith on Vimeo.


    1. Yes it was! Congratulations on finishing yours, Easton. Doing it twice was a lot of effort, but great results! I look forward to seeing your pivot on your blog.

  1. Nicely done, Tyler! Great idea to have Mr. Green jump on the Christmas ornament and then back flip off of it. I’m glad you were able to offer some help to others and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Despite the glitches, I hope you all still had fun.

    WMM did some funny things with some of our projects,like making the animation speed up at the beginning for no apparent reason. And did any of you have any “catastrophic failures” when you tried to import the gif into WMM? We had to use my laptop as a work around for a few people.

    As all of you have most likely learned as well (with all the time you’ve spent with technology so far) a little perseverance goes a long way and there’s usually a troubleshooting strategy to be discovered!

  2. Hi! I am from Singapore!
    I really liked that dance! Did you have a lot of difficulties making it with your windows movie maker?

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