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Dance ideas for a performance

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…

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Teaching Basic Choreography

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…

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10 ways to rehearse a dance

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…

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Video: Dance Warm Up Key Stage 1

Check out the video below for fresh ideas on leading a key stage 1 dance warm up - fun, accessible and full of beans! http://youtu.be/Pelml9cwiMo Warm ups should last for 3-5 minutes, mobilise major joints and muscles and raise the…

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Video: Dance Warm Up Key Stage 2

Check out the video below for some inspiration for your dance warm up for Key Stage 2 children.  I have included lots of general ideas suitable for boys (as well as girls!).  Please take any actions that you like and…

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The Principles of a Good Dance Class

I’ve been teaching this week at Leicester College – students on the Foundation Degree in Dance.  Today’s workshop focused on how to teach dance in primary schools, which got me thinking about what actually constitutes a good dance class. Your…

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