Early Years Series: The Vestibular System

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In the previous blog, I mentioned the vestibular system.  Until 18 months ago, I had never heard of this term, but the more I read on it the more fascinating it becomes! The vestibular system provides our sense of balance and spatial awareness and is located in the inner ear.  It’s an internal guide that

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Early Years Series: Our current research

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This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

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Early Years Blog Series

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It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to blog and one of the reasons is due to the amount of exciting projects we currently have on the go! JumpStart are working in conjunction with Team Charnwood to create and roll out an Early Years dance programme that develops children’s physical literacy. Teachers, occupational therapists

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Things I do in the last 10 minutes before I teach

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Things I do in the last 10 minutes before I teach

Lately I’ve been attempting to systemise everything in my business to make it (and myself) more efficient.  Last week I participated in Rachel Holmes’ webinar, which focused on time management (for those of you who don’t know, Rachel is an amazing and inspiring fitness entrepreneur.  Check out choreographytogo.com for more information).  Since then, I have

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5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

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5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

So the sun is shining and summer is approaching fast.  The Olympics are around the corner and to celebrate, I’ve listed 5 different ways you can incorporate The Olympics into your dance teaching this term. 1. Host a Samba Party In my blog post a few weeks ago I uploaded a video of Samba dancing. 

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Dealing with overwhelm in teaching

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Dealing with overwhelm in teaching

Feeling overwhelmed by your workload?  I have been.  Although it’s an absolute pleasure working as a primary dance teacher and running my own business, it can also be exhausting!  Whilst I don’t have lots of reports to write, assessments to mark and parents evenings to run, I’m always busy keeping my business moving forward and

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The Olympics – Samba Dance

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I thought it would be worthwhile re-sharing this post as it contains two videos you can use to create some Samba dancing for your children – perfect for linking in with the Rio Olympics this summer. Or use these ideas with your year 6s to celebrate the end of SATs! Before that though, I wanted

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What makes a good dance teacher?

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I’m fairly new to LinkedIn and have been exploring it over the last few months.  Whilst getting to grips with it, I stumbled across a really interesting discussion in the ‘Dance Teaching, Coaching and Training’ group.  A member posted the following statement: ‘define a “good” dance teacher’ and the responses (all 58 and still growing)

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Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

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Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

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9 Dance Terms You Need to Know

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  Are you new to teaching dance?  Or need to brush up on your dance teaching?  JumpStart’s glossary will help you with what you need to know.  And if you would like a Dance Artist to come and show you more during a practical training session, email us for more information.  This term we’ll be

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