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

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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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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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After-school Dance Club – what works well

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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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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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Spotify – should you be using it in your dance classes?

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I know how difficult it can be to find ‘the’ right piece of music for your class.  I’ve been teaching for a long time, so I do have a large library of music, but sometimes I still struggle – and isn’t it so time consuming! I’ve been aware of Spotify for a long time –

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Create a Diwali Dance for your class

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Diwali is a great topic to link in with your dance teaching.  I get very busy at this time of year delivering Bollywood and creative Diwali dance sessions and wanted to share some ideas with you on this blog. One of my favourite sessions I teach in schools focuses on three key areas of the

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Why Dance Bare-footed?

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I often get asked why I teach with bare feet (which I do for the majority of my classes).  And it’s a good question – many dance styles such as ballet and tap require specific footwear.  However, for creative and contemporary dance, performers are usually bare-footed. The trend started off with dancers such as Isadora

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National Fitness Day Dance

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It’s the first time I’ve come across National Fitness Day – it sounds great!  On this Friday (26th September) there will be a huge celebration of physical activity, with many exercise venues hosting events for free. See nationalfitnessday.com for more information. To link in with National Fitness Day, I have created a dance which combines

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Exploring World War 1 in Dance

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The 4th of August this year (2014) marked the centenary of the start of WW1 and I know many schools will be exploring this topic during the Autumn term.  And even if you’re not, some of the dance suggestions below will definitely be useful for other topics (WW2, soldiers, the 1910s).  Plus all the ideas

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