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How to Teach Dance With Two Left Feet

Dance allows students to break out of their shell, work together and gain important physical benefits, but it can be awkward to teach without any formal training. This collection will help even the most clumsy of teachers build a repertoire of simple and effective teaching strategies that can be adjusted to a wide range of ages and abilities.
A Collection By Amy Watson
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  • 6 Collection Items
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How to Teach Dance With Two Left Feet
  • Elements of Dance

    Website
    nationalartsstandards.org
    nationalartsstandards.org
    Amy Watson says:
    This very basic guide can be given to students to help them create their own dance (they can be more creative than we give them credit for). I find it really simplifies dance for them, for example, walking can be dancing! We can all walk, so do it to some music in different directions and you have the beginning of a dance routine!
  • Amy Watson says:
    You know the saying 'fake it till you make it'? Well this is the time to use it. Pick a few of these terms and learn them. Use them in your lessons, add a few new ones each lesson and you will sound like you know what you are on about.
  • Amy Watson says:
    Often getting students in the mood can be a hurdle. This compilation is fast moving and will have your students tapping their feet in no time. It has clips from a range of movies showing many different types of people doing different types of dance. Use it as inspiration, don't be afraid to copy some of the routines to form a basis for your own.
  • Amy Watson says:
    You can practically stop reading after number one. I find that if you focus more on the joy of moving then you will succeed. Saying the word 'dance' can be too high a expectation and turn many pupils off, particularly boys. Let your students be your guide, they have their own styles, work with that.
  • Amy Watson says:
    An oldy but a goody. I have used these steps as a simple guide to teach children that you don't have to be able to 'dance' to dance. Try using these steps to different types of music and altering the tempo to explore movement.
  • STOMP

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    onedrive.live.com
    onedrive.live.com
    Amy Watson says:
    Based on the hit stage production and now the movie 'Stomp the yard', this easy to follow resource provides you with a basic yet effective dance routine. No music required, can be done with very small and very large groups and has the option for students to develop their own ideas and performances.
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