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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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
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
Check out the video below for fresh ideas on leading a key stage 1 dance warm up – fun, accessible and full of beans! Warm ups should last for 3-5 minutes, mobilise major joints and muscles and raise the heartbeat. They should also be appropriate to the main activity you are delivering, so include movements
Check out the video below for some inspiration for your dance warm up for Key Stage 2 children. I have included lots of general ideas suitable for boys (as well as girls!). Please take any actions that you like and add them into your own warm up. Warm ups should last for 3-5 minutes, mobilise
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
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!