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Singing and dancing in the Primary classroom

  We are all familiar with the idea of singing to babies to settle them and as a way of introducing language patterns.  However, the use of song and dance across the Early Years and throughout Primary school is also

Song and dance in Primary school

May 3, 2024

Learning about feelings in the school dance classroom

  In the Early Years and in Primary school one of the most important things we can teach our children is about how to deal with strong feelings.  All feelings are normal, but we need to learn how we can

March 25, 2024

Egg-citing ideas for Dance and Maths at Easter

Teaching about number, pattern and shapes through dance activities are some of my all-time favourite lessons. Whether its number dance play in the early years or interesting ways to make children curious about Mathematics through movement in the older grades.

Easter Dance

March 15, 2024

Dance activities for building children’s literacy

Dance has its own language, helping children see the world and their place in it.  By encouraging critical and creative thinking, dance encourages children to delve into important questions and to investigate different ways of telling stories. They (The Arts)

dance activities for literacy

March 7, 2024

My dance lesson is crashing – ways to get back on track.

  Not every dance lesson is a success.  Sometimes what we were excited about in the planning stage is not exciting to our students.  You or your students could be having a bad day.  Or actually, the lesson you planned

dance expression

February 28, 2024

Introducing production elements in Primary dance

 In a previous article, we discussed lighting design, projection and multimedia, and music and sound, as some of the key production elements used in dance. These are the most obvious of the production elements. However, use of stage design, performance

costumes as production elements

February 22, 2024

Talking about Production Elements in Primary Dance.

In dance, production elements refer to a range of components that contribute to the artistic success of a dance work. They ensure that the intended meaning, emotion, character and mood, and/or narrative is conveyed to the audience. In Primary school

production elements in primary school dance

February 16, 2024

Developing children’s fitness and focus through Dance

Developing fit bodies and bright minds are important parts of the role dance plays in the Primary classroom.  Active bodies are central to dance as an art form and the creative aspect of dance elevates this activity beyond simple exercise.

dance fitness in Primary school

February 9, 2024

Exploring the New Year through dance in the classroom.

The start of a new school year is a time for renewal, building new relationships in the classroom and instilling positive ideas about learning. For young students and teachers alike, a fresh year promises new and rewarding experiences. In the

Dance in the Primary classroom

January 18, 2024

3 Quick Christmas Primary Dance activities to promote peace

In schools, Christmas time is always full of fun, bright coloured decorations, upbeat Christmas tunes, and maybe too many sweets! Using Christmas dance activities to create a peaceful and inclusive festive season is a quick way to calm down some

Fun Christmas dance activity ideas

December 4, 2023

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