And the JumpStart Charity of 2018 is…

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The first big news of the year is that we have chosen Rainbows to be our charity of 2018. Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people and is based in Loughborough.  The charity offers a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. We’re delighted to


National Obesity Awareness Week

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Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!  Hope you had a lovely, restful and restorative Christmas break? Here at JumpStart HQ we totally unplugged ourselves for two weeks – no social media or emails.  It was bliss!  And now we’re back and ready for action. January is usually the time where people make resolutions for the forthcoming


Christmassy Dance Ideas!

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It is definitely that time of year!  We’ve got our tree up at home and the kids have written their letters to Santa.  Are you looking for some festive dance fun?  Then read the ideas below for inspiration… Create a Christmas present dance Ask the children think of a toy they’d like to give or


Dance = health plus…plus…plus

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On Saturday I was fortunate enough to have the time (and childcare!) to attend the One Dance UK Conference for Dance Teaching and Participation, at Trinity Laban in London. And what a great day it was!  One of the best experiences for me was to be able to talk about specifically teaching dance in Primary


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


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


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


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


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


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