Early Years Series: ideas for creative movement

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In the fourth instalment in our series of blogs focusing on early years dance, I wanted to share some of the activities we have been doing with young children.  My colleague Tahnee Lawson delivers dance sessions in nurseries, to parent and toddler groups and foundation stage classes in primary schools.  Here, she shares some of

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Early Years Series: The Vestibular System

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In the previous blog, I mentioned the vestibular system.  Until 18 months ago, I had never heard of this term, but the more I read on it the more fascinating it becomes! The vestibular system provides our sense of balance and spatial awareness and is located in the inner ear.  It’s an internal guide that

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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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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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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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