Okay, so VERY quickly, for those who wanted to see the ‘sweaty’ faces behind Groove Child – ta daaa!!! This is us. And yep, like most people, we don’t enjoy seeing pictures of ourselves. And as sisters, we are NEVER going to find one that we both like.
Despite the hours of rehearsal and preparation, our young dancers can still get super nervous just before going on stage and let stage fright get the better of them.
Helping young children discover techniques to overcome anxiety is vital – for the stage, and in life!
Here are some practical ways we’ve found over the years to help children deal with pre-performance worries, some of which you can suggest parents do at home beforehand and in the lead up, to help the transition from studio to the theatre go more smoothly…
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…”
Groove Child® Syllabus Course Day!
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.