Early Years Series: Our current research

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This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

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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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Fun Rock n Roll Dance Video

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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!

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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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After-school Dance Club – what works well

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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

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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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National Fitness Day Dance

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It’s the first time I’ve come across National Fitness Day – it sounds great!  On this Friday (26th September) there will be a huge celebration of physical activity, with many exercise venues hosting events for free. See nationalfitnessday.com for more information. To link in with National Fitness Day, I have created a dance which combines

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Exploring World War 1 in Dance

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The 4th of August this year (2014) marked the centenary of the start of WW1 and I know many schools will be exploring this topic during the Autumn term.  And even if you’re not, some of the dance suggestions below will definitely be useful for other topics (WW2, soldiers, the 1910s).  Plus all the ideas

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How to lead a high quality dance warm up

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Are you new to teaching dance to Primary School children?  Or would you like more experience or fresh ideas?  The following article will hopefully get you on track or provide new inspiration. The way you approach a warm up will affect the tone of the entire dance class.  If you start with energy, enthusiasm and

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