Dance Glossary…ABC

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At JumpStart, we believe in using the correct terminology when working with both children and teachers.  But you may be wondering what it all means!  Over the forthcoming weeks we’ll be creating an A-Z dance glossary which you can refer to when teaching and act as a reminder of some of the things you need

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Letting the creativity in…an insight into my childhood!

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I have been an imaginative person for as long as I can remember.  I had a childhood full of made up games and let’s pretend.  My sister and I used to spend hours devising dances, creating costumes or making up stories to act out.  We LOVED the song ‘It’s ‘Orrible Being in Love (When You’re

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Bring Back Boredom!

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In our quest to become more creative, you may suppose that by filling our time with experiences, information and stimulation we would fuel our imaginations.  Turns out that’s not quite the case… Let’s begin with examining boredom.  Can you remember the last time you were truly bored?  I’m not sure I can!  I seem to

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Everyday creative ideas: lines and squiggles

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Over the last 2 weeks we’ve been blogging about the importance of creativity (see So What Exactly is Creativity?  And Can Creativity Be Learned?)  But you may be wondering – how do you inject this into your own lives?  We’re all busy people (in an increasingly busy world!) juggling jobs, children, households, relationships, hobbies…the list

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So what exactly is creativity?

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If you have been following our blog, or have worked with JumpStart, you’ll already know we’re big fans of creativity.  In fact, it is at the heart of what we do in our creative dance practice: our unique blend of dance for children always includes a combination of improvisation tasks, developing movement from a range

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Childhood Obesity Plan, pt. 2

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Following on from the launch of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan (part 2) we’ve digested the information into a bite-sized summary of key findings and recommendations, with a specific focus on Schools and physical activity. The role of schools Part 2 of the government’s plan to significantly reduce childhood obesity identifies school’s responsibility to equip

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How we can help with your STUNNING START

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Launch a STUNNING START at your school with a Jumpstart dance experience. We have a wide range of workshop themes including Rio de Vida: host a samba party and bring the carnival to your school The Romans: become gladiators for the day Shakes, Shocks and Hotspots: discover the full force of extreme earth We also

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What is Musical Theatre? A Guide

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At Jumpstart we love to inform you about different styles of dance – it’s amazing that there are so many genres out there! Last year, we featured our guide to Hip Hop and Morris Dance; this week we’re chatting about Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken word,

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Our own mental health

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We’ve spent the last month or so on the blog discussing the impact of dance on the physical and mental health of children, but lets not forget about ourselves.  After all, if our own mental health is out of whack, this will impact on those around us – our pupils, our families and our friends.

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