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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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.
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
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
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
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on my blog so I thought it was about time I added one! As it’s getting towards the end of the academic year and things are (hopefully) winding down, the video I’m posting today will be a great idea for a fun and celebratory end-of-term session!
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
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
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
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 –