Learn The Floss!

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Have you noticed your class wiggling about from side to side with their arms swishing around their waist? They are probably doing The Floss! I started seeing KS2 children doing the moves in January and since then it seems to have gone viral!  It all started with a young lad known as ‘The Backpack Kid’

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Emotions dance for Foundation Stage and KS1

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Our blog last week looked at children’s mental health, with a focus on year 6s and SATs. We all know that mental health is a serious issue for everyone, even at early years and Key Stage 1.  This is why we’re sharing with you today our lesson plan we use for 4 – 7 year

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Mental Health and Dance

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I love dance!  Which I’m sure comes as no surprise to hear seeing as it’s the nature of our business at JumpStart.  I love it because it’s always been a hobby of mine. I’m also aware of the contribution it makes to my own mental health: it makes me feel good and I forget about

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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