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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Fun Rock n Roll Dance Video

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on my blog so I thought it was about time I added one!  As it’s getting towards the end of the academic year and things are (hopefully) winding down, the video I’m posting today will be a great idea for a fun and celebratory end-of-term session!

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Keeping the dance class both fun and safe for young people!

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Keeping the dance class both fun and safe for young people!

This week’s blog has been written by Charlotte Tomlinson, co-author with Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty of Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective.  Enjoy!  And please buy the book – it is a BRAND NEW publication full of the MOST current information on principles of safe practice that are essential to any dance

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Dance Made Easy – NEW Training Course!

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Dance Made Easy – NEW Training Course!

JumpStart have just launched ‘Dance Made Easy’ – our brand new training event for primary school teachers.  This course has been developed in response to all the emails I’ve received over the past year from primary teachers asking for advice on music, planning, resources and creating dance for performances.  I’m putting in all the knowledge

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We’re now a Change4Life local supporter!

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We’re now a Change4Life local supporter!

We’re supporting Change4Life Did you know that if we carry on as we are, 9 out of 10 of today’s kids risk growing up with dangerous levels of fat in their bodies? This can cause serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes in later life. So it’s really important that we all

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Awesome St George’s Day Dance

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And so it is the start of a new term – I hope you had a great Easter break?  I went to the Peak District with my little family and had great fun walking and cycling in the glorious weather we’ve been having! As St George’s Day is fast approaching (Thursday 23rd April) I thought

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After-school Dance Club – what works well

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After-school Dance Club – what works well

Yesterday I taught Foundation Degree Dance students how to teach primary-aged children.  It was a great session at Leicester College – the students all got stuck in and I had some fantastic feedback I love the resource pack and also the information on ‘how to put your foot in the door’.  Inspirational and makes me

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So what exactly is a Dance Artist?

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Here at JumpStart, many of the teachers refer to themselves as ‘Dance Artists’.  These are the people who are visiting Primary Schools to deliver high quality experience days, PPA cover and after-school clubs.  But what does the term ‘Dance Artist’ actually mean? Dance Artists have a wealth of qualifications – usually a dance degree (and/or

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The wonders of masking tape

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The wonders of masking tape

Last week I ran the annual Dance Development Day for Foundation and KS1 teachers in the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership.  As usual, it was well-attended, with enthusiastic teachers taking part in the practical sessions very much in the way that the children do.  They love the opportunity to experience the sessions first hand and

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