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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10 tips to ‘JumpStart’ your dance teaching!

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Happy new (academic) year!  To welcome in the new term, here are 10 tips to get you going / refresh your dance teaching… 1.  Choose music that feels ‘current’ but avoid songs that the children will sing along to or know a dance routine to.  I’m currently using ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jacksons,

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Reasons to Dance: Brain Food

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Taking part in physical activity doesn’t just have a positive impact on your physical health and your well-being. It can actually improve your intelligence. A study in North Carolina focused on raising the activity levels in children and discovered that in the classroom “14.8% of students were more focussed, 17% were more alert and 8%

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Reasons to Dance: Dr Seuss

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 “Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try” Dr Seuss   As a mother of two little people (4 year old daughter and 18 month old son) I am well acquainted with Dr. Seuss – our current favourite is ‘Horton Hears

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Reasons to Dance: ‘Scientifically’ fit

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“… [dance] can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life.” Richard Alston [1]   Anyone who has taken part in a dance class will be able to attest to the fact that dance makes you fit. Your heart beat is raised, you sweat (well I certainly do!),

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Reasons to Dance: “Because I’m Happy…”

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Today at 4pm Sir Ken Robinson will urge “devote equal time to dance and maths” in The Educators, a new series on BBC Radio 4. And (of course) I whole-heartedly agree! There is a real buzz about dance at the moment and shows dedicated to finding dance talent dominate TV programming  (Got to Dance, Sky’s

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Dance ideas for a performance

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Coming up with ideas for a dance project or show concept can be time-consuming, but the rewards for putting in the effort are huge!  Whilst it’s great to teach one-off dance classes to children, it’s amazing working towards the goal of a performance.  Children thrive under the pressure and it makes rehearsals that bit more

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Teaching Basic Choreography

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In a high quality dance class, it is important to allow the children opportunity to choreograph.  This process helps the children to develop their creativity and enhances their knowledge of the techniques they have learnt and the topic they are working on. When their contributions are accepted and incorporated into the session, children feel valued

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10 ways to rehearse a dance

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I am in the midst of rehearsals for Jump2it, a new dance festival that I have set up in conjunction with the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership.  I am working with 7 primary schools who will learn / choreograph a dance that they will showcase at the event.  Some of the groups have already created

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