The Qualities of a Groove Child Dance Teacher

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…

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Mission Complete (well, almost)

So! The first phase of the Groove Child® Toolkit pilot at Mudeford Infants School 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…

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An Emotional Day… Part 2: Primary Dance Toolkit

Hello!

For those of you who read our previous post about the Groove Child® Primary Dance Toolkit session at Mudeford Infants, we are back again to report on SESSION 2! This session was lead 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…

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Primary Dance Toolkit – at Mudeford Infants! How it went…

So!

As part of our mission to inspire a more ‘whole child’ development approach to dance, we developed the Groove Child® Primary Teachers Toolkit – filled with easy to use, creative and adaptable movement exercises for Primary school staff.

The toolkit is a way to inspire our school teachers to use dance and creative movement more frequently (daily, if possible!) as an active learning vehicle in the both the classroom and the the PE session.

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What is the Groove Child Dance Syllabus?

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How do dance teachers find their music?

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4 Phrases that help Raise Healthy Minded Dancers

Some subtle but effective ways we can help build a healthier mindset in our young dancers from a early age, so they aren’t held back by a lack of self-belief.
Healthy minded dancers means healthy human beings! And ultimately, brave, confident and expressive performers.

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Mindfulness for Children & Young Dancers

Mindfulness for children is about teaching them healthy mental habits, tools they can use to pause and relax in moments of anxiety or stress, and a way to release to any negative thought patterns they might feel (now or in the future) that could hold them back from success… 

Groove Child & an introduction to mindfulness
The Groove Child® syllabus and dance toolkit help you incorporate simple visualisations, mindful moments, and confidence boosting exercises to nurture healthy minds as well as their dance technique.

What is mindfulness?

And why is it important for our young dancers – and children, in general?

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6 Killers of Creativity in Dance

When you worry about the outcome of something, the work becomes tight and forced rather than enjoyable and expressive…

How do we as dance teachers encourage more enjoyment and natural expression in our dancers?

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Our failures and flaws

In reality, we are all TERRIFIED of failure. Mainly because we worry what others will think, that they will point and laugh, taking us back to playground days. Nobody likes to be seen as silly or foolish.

Our failures and flaws help us to grow and learn. Through them we find out what works and what doesn’t. Continue reading “Our failures and flaws”