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 their dance, but will have to wait quite a while until the actual performance date (which is at the end of March).
So I’ve created a ’10 ways to rehearse a dance’ suggestions list to help the teachers keep the choreography fresh, without ‘over-rehearsing’ it. I thought I’d share it here as it may be useful for you too.
- Rehearse the whole dance, but as fast as possible
- Rehearse one section of the dance in slow-motion
- Do a ‘top and tail’ version of the dance, where the children stand in each of the positions / spaces they need to be in for the dance, without actually dancing any of the content
- Use a section of the dance as a warm up for a PE lesson
- Ask the children to teach another class some of the choreography
- Perform the dance in an assembly
- Video the dance and watch it back – what can they make better?
- Rehearse the dance backwards (start at the end and reverse it!)
- Get them into pairs and ask them to perform the dance to each other
- Play follow my leader – each person at the front has to demonstrate a move from the dance
I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any other tips please add them in the comments box below.