Teaching children to dance…

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had the opportunity to assist in teaching a beginner and novice dance class today.  It was quite the learning experience.  The number thing that learned during my time in this class was that management of the students is key.  When I talk about management, I do not just mean the way in the students are organized and kept under control;  I am also talking about the way in which the educator communicates with the children.  Because these children were so young (ages 4-6), one must use simple terms when describing the movements you want them to perform.  It is also very important to relate these movements to things that the children may be familiar with.  For example, if you want the students to reach tall, you can ask them to be a very tall tree.  My relating movements to familiar objects, you are also allowing the students to internalize the motions, therefore they will be able to recall and repeat the movements much more easily!

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