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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. You could teach this to your class and then use the actions to create a samba party – could the children have whistles and streamers?
Or have a look at the Rio carnivals online. Create a procession with your class in a big follow my leader.
Capoeira is a Brazilian Martial Art usually done in pairs with NO CONTACT which makes it ideal for primary school dance. Have a look on youtube for some clips of the basic Capoeira moves – the Jinja is a side step and is used as the basis for everything else. Could the children create attacking and blocking moves that link into the Jinga? How might they work as a duet?
Take in some photos of athletes competing in a range of different Olympic events and use these as a starting point for creating movement. The children could create still images of the photographs and then bring them to life. How could they create some of the events with a partner? For example, one child could be the hurdle and their partner the athlete leaping over.
Some of the group could be the spectators – what kind of movements could they do? Try out a Mexican Wave!
4. Opening Ceremony for your sports day
Open your sports day with a whole school performance! You could use some of the ideas already listed above, or create a new dance and teach it to the whole class. The choreography could include lots of happy celebratory moves such as jumps, wiggles, skips, leaps – ask the children for ideas and add them in.
Or you could use the idea of a torch relay or flag procession within your opening ceremony.
5. Olympics symbols
The Olympic rings are a good starting point for creating shapes and children could create the 5 rings as a class linking them together. The Olympics also has a motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger. How could this be expressed through different movements? The children (and especially boys) love the element of competition – ask them who can be the Fastest, Highest and Strongest! Use their ideas to create a short dance phrase (sequence of movement).
I hope these ideas help and I’ve love to know which ones you try out with your class.
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