If the pandemic has made us realise one main thing, it’s how important it is to create an environment where students LOVE to dance. For the sheer enjoyment of it, and nothing else…how can we help encourage this and keep them coming back, no matter what life throws…
If the pandemic has made us realise one main thing, it’s how important it is to create an environment where students LOVE to dance.
For the sheer enjoyment of it, and nothing else.
Aside from the anxiety many have felt from the recent lockdown period, social media is undoubtedly young people’s biggest issue right now when it comes to anxiety.
But what about the more subtle in-person behaviours they might feel from peers and friendship groups in class they aren’t part of, which can also chip away at self-esteem…
How can we make sure our dance schools continue to be a ‘safe’ space for them mentally, and one that they want to keep returning to again and again?
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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…
What is mindfulness?
And why is it important for our young dancers – and children, in general?