Earlier this year we were excited to announce our sponsorship of the Dance School of the Year Awards, and show our support for schools and teachers who’re doing amazing work through dance, nurturing young dancers and minds of the future. The wonderful thing about these awards is that it’s not about the talent of the performers in the school; it’s about the teacher and the culture, environment, and opportunities they create for their students.
We felt the Groove Child® Dance Syllabus simply HAD to become a sponsor of this important event, as we share a similar ethos to that of DSOTY; “that dance teachers should be applauded and celebrated. So much more than just a teacher – they are almost a substitute parent to many of their students as they are role models, mentors and social workers, offering support, stability and a disciplined approach to life…”
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The day begins with a warm welcome from Natalie & Amy, the creators of Groove Child, short introductions by the group, and an overview of the syllabus mission and ethos.
We then begin with a quick discussion about the talent development & optimal learning environments – some useful concepts teachers may or may not already be aware of, but ensuring an interesting and positive discussion to set the tone for the day. We refer back to this throughout the day and HOW the use of Groove Child at your school can help grow the talent of your students of all abilities.
Continue reading “What happens at a Groove Child Syllabus Course?”
After the 3 week pilot of our dance toolkit at Mudeford Infants School, we finally had chance to sit down with Kate Jennings, the Year 1 Teaching Assistant that Amy was working with, and get her honest thoughts about Groove Child and the Primary Dance Toolkit resource.
The feedback blew us away…
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Are you wondering which members of your teaching faculty would be PERFECT to train in and deliver the Groove Child syllabus, at your dance school?
This checklist will help…
Continue reading “The Qualities of a Groove Child Dance Teacher”
So! The first phase of the Mudeford Infants School ‘Groove Child Toolkit’ pilot is over…but the mission is not quite over.
One-to-one feedback between our facilitator and the school teacher is scheduled for this week and we can’t wait to gather further insight into the toolkit’s ease of use, and it’s potential for contributing to both the physical and emotional development of young children within a Primary school setting.
But first! The news I know you’ve been waiting for…
Continue reading “Mission Complete (well, almost)”
Session 2 of the great Groove Child Toolkit ‘experiment’ at Mudeford Infants has taken place! This time with a focus on EMOTIONS, using props to help the children project their feelings onto initially, as we set about working on a choreographed piece…
Continue reading “An Emotional Day…for our Primary Dance Toolkit!”