Teaching Basic Choreography

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In a high quality dance class, it is important to allow the children opportunity to choreograph.  This process helps the children to develop their creativity and enhances their knowledge of the techniques they have learnt and the topic they are working on. When their contributions are accepted and incorporated into the session, children feel valued

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10 ways to rehearse a dance

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I am in the midst of rehearsals for Jump2it, a new dance festival that I have set up in conjunction with the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership.  I am working with 7 primary schools who will learn / choreograph a dance that they will showcase at the event.  Some of the groups have already created

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Developing a Dance Lesson Plan

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How do you make a topic into a dance class?  When I plan, I first brainstorm the theme I want to explore.  To develop my ideas into dance material, I then select 2 or 3 movement objectives that link with the topic and these then become the main focus of each dance class.  If you

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How to lead a high quality dance warm up

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Are you new to teaching dance to Primary School children?  Or would you like more experience or fresh ideas?  The following article will hopefully get you on track or provide new inspiration. The way you approach a warm up will affect the tone of the entire dance class.  If you start with energy, enthusiasm and

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The Principles of a Good Dance Class

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I’ve been teaching this week at Leicester College – students on the Foundation Degree in Dance.  Today’s workshop focused on how to teach dance in primary schools, which got me thinking about what actually constitutes a good dance class. Your session has to have a clear structure: warm up, main activity and cool down.  Not

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The problem with boys and dance

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Do you find it difficult to motivate and engage boys in dance activity?  You’re not alone.  Teachers often ask for advice on how to teach dance to boys.  And when I teach a new group for the first time, boys often enter the school hall rolling their eyes, their faces full of fear and dread!

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