As community dance artists, both passionate about the benefits of dance in education, we have teamed up to bring you dancED. We believe that, as specialist dance practitioners with over 20 years collective experience, our dance workshops can offer an exciting and unique experience for primary schools.
~ Ellen Lipscomb and Paula Hain
Our workshops are designed to support and extend the popular curriculum topics across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and complement the National Curriculum programmes of study for Physical Education.
The workshops provide opportunity for children to experience a rich creative process, from concept through to performance. We offer an extensive library of movement knowledge and experience which is evident in our choreography and in our ability to guide the children in their own creative processes. We strive to create a welcoming and accepting atmosphere to nurture a sense of belonging and confidence in the each child’s abilities. Our positive approach encourages perseverance and, in turn, achievement.
Our sessions enable children to explore and play with a range of media and materials, providing further opportunity and encouragement for sharing ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in movement, dance and role-play. The dancED practitioners are able to integrate the children’s own movement ideas into the workshop and performance pieces. This means that no workshops or performances are ever quite the same, giving the children at each school a real sense of ownership of the choreography.
The workshops will help children on a journey to develop their basic physical abilities and push boundaries to apply a broader range of movement skill. It is always possible within our group workshops to allow for differentiation, enabling children to work and progress at their own levels. Having two experienced practitioners in the session strengthens our ability to recognise and manage effective differentiation.
We include as many cross curricular elements as possible in our workshops. It is possible to introduce science to even the youngest children during warm up and we link to maths vocabulary and literacy vocabulary and there is always an overview of factual content reinforcing and extending the topic knowledge.
9.30am – 3pm. Allowing for lunch and breaks as required. 5 ½ hours of focused creativity allowing the pupils imagination to ignite and flourish as they immerse themselves into the world of choreography and dance for one whole day, resulting in one amazing and original piece of work to perform to classmates/the rest of the school.
A flexible 2 ½ hours, which we think are ideally suited for a morning session however can be taken anytime during your school day*, allowing for short breaks as required. Making the most of the key learning objectives for your chosen theme, ending with a complete and carefully crafted piece of work to perform to your school friends.
*The 2 ½ hours are to be taken consecutively either side of the lunch hour.
6 x 45 minute specialist dance sessions delivered to fulfil your dance PE unit during a half term block. These sessions can be booked at any time of the day to suit your school. By delivering the sessions in blocks children get the opportunity to reflect and build upon what they have worked on previously and reinforce and extend their classroom based learning. At the end of the 6 weeks they will have a unique piece of dance work ready to perform to another class or the rest of the school.
“Following Paula’s terrific input and enthusiasm in the cross curricular approach to dance and creative movement, we attained an International Schools Award for our work on South Africa”Head Teacher, Baglan Primary School
“The Great Fire of London dance programme was a fantastic way of linking what we had been learning in our classwork to our PE. The children absolutely loved it and learned a great deal. I cannot recommend it enough.”Year 2 Primary teacher, South Cambs.
“Ellen’s dance work at our school has had a positive effect on the children’s development both in and out of school. I think both the parents and I value the creative outlet that Ellen’s teaching gives to our pupils.”Headteacher, Oakington Primary School
Everyone feels better after dancing! Here are some of the reasons why:
Dance offers children the chance to experience a rich creative process, from concept to performance. Improvisation and choreography give children an outlet for their own creativity. Through this involvement with their own creative processes, children are allowed individual expression, fostering a sense of ownership and raising self confidence.
Dance is both active and interactive. Children quickly learn how to work in a group dynamic and to communicate ideas to their peers through movement, helping them to better interpret non verbal communication. Children learn the importance of teamwork, leadership and listening skills, how to wait, take turns and to understand themselves in relation to others. This helps them to learn to build trust and effective relationships.
Learning dances from other cultures helps pupils to develop and understanding and appreciation of them.
Children learn most easily through experience. To the young child, most of their learning is through physical and sensory experiences. Dance integrates kinaesthetic learning with understanding, helping primary school children to develop knowledge, skill and understanding about the world. Creative dance provides children with varying perspectives, giving an opportunity for children to recognise that there can be different solutions to problems.
Dance can help children to develop literacy. Movement is the first language that children learn and to a young child, verbal language and movement are inextricably linked and expression through movement continues long after a child develops strong language skills. Therefore creative movement can act as a strong foundation to language development.