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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5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

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So the sun is shining and summer is approaching fast.  The Olympics are around the corner and to celebrate, I’ve listed 5 different ways you can incorporate The Olympics into your dance teaching this term. 1. Host a Samba Party In my blog post a few weeks ago I uploaded a video of Samba dancing. 

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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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Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

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Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

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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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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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