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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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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The Olympics – Samba Dance

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I thought it would be worthwhile re-sharing this post as it contains two videos you can use to create some Samba dancing for your children – perfect for linking in with the Rio Olympics this summer. Or use these ideas with your year 6s to celebrate the end of SATs! Before that though, I wanted

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9 Dance Terms You Need to Know

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  Are you new to teaching dance?  Or need to brush up on your dance teaching?  JumpStart’s glossary will help you with what you need to know.  And if you would like a Dance Artist to come and show you more during a practical training session, email us for more information.  This term we’ll be

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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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Awesome St George’s Day Dance

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And so it is the start of a new term – I hope you had a great Easter break?  I went to the Peak District with my little family and had great fun walking and cycling in the glorious weather we’ve been having! As St George’s Day is fast approaching (Thursday 23rd April) I thought

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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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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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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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