Compound Inspiration

February 10, 2012

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Working with children in 2012 is no different to when I started 18 years ago but it’s now so much better. I’m inspired each day to make my classes better, more fun, more specific – to find the clarity and cut through all the crap that can fluff up a dance class. This inspiration banks […]

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17 steps to a great class plan – 5. Recital Routine

January 23, 2011

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Song of the Term – Concert Dance Song of the Week is what it was called when I created this plan for the Hi-5 classes. Each week on TV Hi-5 performed their Song of the Week at the start and end of their half hour show and this was the same routine the children learnt […]

17 steps to a great class plan – 4. Explore Dance Concept

January 12, 2011

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Dancing the Dance Concept To explore the concept, choreograph a simple routine to a nursery rhyme, songlet or chorus. It only needs to be 4 x 8 counts it needs to be repeated with a 5 second pause in the middle. I like to choreograph a slightly harder routine for the 4yr olds and over […]

Wow, where did my plan go for this blog?

January 12, 2011

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I set out to deliver a set of discoveries, class plans and other resources that I have explored, learnt from and created hoping to share with other dance teachers but I have failed. I haven’t blogged regularly if it all but it has been in my head to do so. Seth Godin will say that […]

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17 steps to a great class plan – 3. Introduce Dance Concept

April 25, 2010

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Movement Quality of the Week – Each week there is a different movement quality to focus on – this week – Week 1 – Size: Verbally inform the dancers of the movement quality of the week – SIZE.  “Today our words are going to be BIG & LITTLE because we are going to be dancing […]

17 Steps to a great class plan – 2. Theme Song

April 17, 2010

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Theme Song Create, invent and choreograph a short catchy theme song for your class with high energy choreography. You’ll commence & finish every class with this dance. Think of the Play School format – they always use ‘There’s a bear in there….’ at the start and finish of the show, it’s very comforting for the […]

17 Steps to a great class plan – 1. Prepare

April 16, 2010

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I will give you the structure, layout and most of the content over 17 Blog Posts – however you are required to be very creative and insert some of your own material. Welcome to the first step in my class plan. Rules: No stopping class to correct children nor are you to ever ask the […]