New training course! Dance in Primary Schools

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Teaching dance in schools continues to be a contentious area.  Teachers have less time and less encouragement to deliver subjects not deemed priority areas by governmental policy.  And yet, children today are more anxious, more overweight and increasingly disconnected from their bodies.  Children need fundamental movement skills to be able to sit still in the

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What is Hip Hop? A Guide

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JumpStart Dance Style Guide A few weeks ago Curve Theatre in Leicester hosted Breakin’ Convention, an International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre.  The video footage in this article was taken during the event. The term Hip Hop usually refers to a range of art forms including dance, rapping, DJing and graffiti and it originated

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Review: The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show

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The first in a series of reviews of live performances created specifically for children.  Find out what’s happening in a theatre near you – take along your class to a show or invite a professional company to visit your school.  By Louise (38) and Maisie (7). The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show.  30th May 2017 Attenborough Arts:

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What is Morris Dancing? A guide

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JumpStart Dance Style Guide Last Saturday (13th May) I was lucky enough to attend the JMO National Day of Dance in Leicester.  This annual gathering involved more than 800 men, women and children from 60 groups performing England’s national dances. Morris Dancing has a long tradition in England and dates back to at least the

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Early Years Series: Jabadao

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I couldn’t do a blog series on Early Years Dance without featuring Jabadao – the national centre for physical play.  Jabadao was established in 1985 with the purpose of encouraging people of all ages to involve themselves in playful activity, and they are amazing!  I’ve been on several of their training courses and have been

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Early Years Series: ideas for creative movement

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In the fourth instalment in our series of blogs focusing on early years dance, I wanted to share some of the activities we have been doing with young children.  My colleague Tahnee Lawson delivers dance sessions in nurseries, to parent and toddler groups and foundation stage classes in primary schools.  Here, she shares some of

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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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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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