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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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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10 tips to ‘JumpStart’ your dance teaching!

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Happy new (academic) year!  To welcome in the new term, here are 10 tips to get you going / refresh your dance teaching… 1.  Choose music that feels ‘current’ but avoid songs that the children will sing along to or know a dance routine to.  I’m currently using ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jacksons,

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Reasons to Dance: Brain Food

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Taking part in physical activity doesn’t just have a positive impact on your physical health and your well-being. It can actually improve your intelligence. A study in North Carolina focused on raising the activity levels in children and discovered that in the classroom “14.8% of students were more focussed, 17% were more alert and 8%

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Reasons to Dance: Dr Seuss

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 “Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try” Dr Seuss   As a mother of two little people (4 year old daughter and 18 month old son) I am well acquainted with Dr. Seuss – our current favourite is ‘Horton Hears

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