DISCO DUCK DOWNUNDER!

A Warm welcome to Nicky Work – launching our award winning Disco Duck dance classes in Australia – we are thrilled to share her thoughts and experiences on owning the Disco Duck licence xnicky wort

Welcome to Disco Duck! How did you find out about the licence?:  I was visiting relatives in England and happened to be at a fete in Welwyn Garden City, I heard the music and was drawn to the Disco Duck stall.  I then watched a demo on the internet and thought – this is me!

What would you consider to be the benefits of owning the Disco Duck licence as opposed to creating your own sessions? Having the hard work of creating engaging sessions  and fantastic branding- already done for you – it is such a bonus to any new Mum when starting a business – one less concern!

How successful has the Disco Duck Licence been for you? I have just started my first classes – they are all full and have a wait list – I am very optimistic!

What are the best things about teaching Pre-School Age Children? I am looking forward to seeing lots of smiling little ducks and parents.

What in your opinion would you consider to be the most challenging things about teaching Pre-School age children? The fact that they are Pre-School children! (LOL) We have to remember that they like familiarity and routine.  New  teacher; new class; new environment equals scary (!) – making them feel safe is my goal.

We wish Nicky every success with her new venture down under and are thrilled that children in Australia will be experiencing Disco Duck dance classes – here is what she had to say after her very first class:

“Loved it Loved it Loved it!!!I am addicted to Disco Ducking!!”

To find out more about Disco Duck Downunder you can contact Nicky at

discoduck@outlook.com.au or disco-duck.co.uk/australia

 

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TEACHER FEATURE – Meet our lovely licensees

At the Disco Duck HQ, we thought it would be great to introduce you to some of our existing licensees and share their thoughts/experiences on owning the Disco Duck Licence.

Disco Duck licensee Hannah Krepski with her lovely children x

Disco Duck licensee Hannah Krepski with her lovely children x

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Hannah. I set up my pre-school dance sessions with Disco Duck in 2012 when my second child was 1 year old. I wanted to run my own business to be able to choose my own hours to fit around my children. I have danced all my life and have a degree in dance, so I thought, why not?

So I set up my business Kids Let’s Dance in 2012, specifically aimed at day time kids dance classes. I started running just 2 Disco Duck classes a week. As my children have got older I have expanded to go into nurseries and soft play centres with Disco Duck. I’ve also added my own pre-school ballet classes and an after-school class for the older kids, where I now bring my own two kids along too. There’s been ups and downs along the way, especially the first year was hard, but it’s been steadily expanding.

  1. How did you find out about the Disco Duck Licence?

I was searching for pre-school dance syllabi on google. Various franchises and licence packages came up. But Disco Duck seemed the best fit for me in terms of costs, what I wanted to do with my classes, and the age range I was targeting.

  1. What would you consider to be the benefits of owning the Disco Duck Licence – as opposed to creating your own Sessions or purchasing a franchise?

The Disco Duck lesson plans and music have given me a great foundation to build my classes on. I didn’t really know back in 2012 where to start myself. I have developed the classes to suit my style of teaching over the years, and unlike a franchise, I am free to adapt the lesson plans to suit me.

Q.What are the best things about teaching Pre-School Age Children?

The hours. My son is now 6 and at school 8.45am-3.15pm and my daughter is 3 and still in school nursery 8.45-11.45am. I fit my classes around this. So currently I mainly teach in the mornings while my daughter is at nursery. The few classes I do teach in the afternoon I can bring my kids to work with me. Sometimes I hold sessions in holiday time and bring the kids along with me.

What in your opinion would you consider to be the most challenging things about teaching Pre-School Age Children?

Every class is different. I teach a total of 10 classes a week now and depending on what children are there and which moods they are in, the classes can have a completely different feel to them. Sometimes things can seem like they’re falling apart in a class and you just have to grit your teeth and persevere. Other times you can walk out a class fresh as a breeze and think what a pleasure it was to teach.

To find out more about Hannah, Kids Let’s Dance, and their Disco Duck classes please visit:

www.kidsletsdance.co.uk
www.facebook.com/kidsletsdance
www.twitter.com/kidsletsdance

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PERFECT PRE-SCHOOL – CONSISTENCY IS KEY!

Over and over again!

Over and over again!

If you are a parent or work with young children, you will know that they  love routine! They watch the same film over and over, they always choose the same book at bedtime and they love listening/singing to the same song.

Children feel safe and happy when they know what is coming, so, when planning a class for this age group, being consistent in  your structure is the key to a successful session.

Repetition is great for Dance Teachers, as with any sport practicing the same techniques will lead to solid foundations for the future.  So, our task is to do this in a fun way that will engage our pupils but at the same time will develop the learning outcomes that we desire.

So, our most important task in the early stages is creating a dancer who is rhythmical and can always dance in time to the music.  Expressing oneself to the music and using the body effectively with strength and poise is the start of a wonderful dancing journey!

The pupils at Disco Duck are eager to participate in our classes because they know what is going to  happen- the class follows a similar structure and the themes are varied after each half term – each with a different learning outcome based around the foundations of dance.  So, why do we do this?

Children feel confident when they can recall situations, they are happy to perform and love to be praised when they are doing things well – consistency provides a positive outcome for the Early Years x

Coming soon… Let`s talk technique x

The Disco Duck syllabus provides the teacher with a sound basis to develop the very beginnings of dance – take a look www.disco-duck.co.uk

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PERFECT PRE-SCHOOL – STORYTIME SUCCESS

Bringing the adventures of Disco Duck to a book store near you very soon x

Bringing the adventures of Disco Duck to a book store near you very soon x

I am an avid reader!  My relaxation time (very little) is spent with my nose in my lovely Kindle.  Books have been a big part of my life and  I am proud to have shared favourite childhood stories with my daughter.

Having an active imagination is a gift and developing a child’s imagination is key to improving their attention span.

A big part of our dance class is about tying in the imagery of the exercises and leading our children on a journey of imagination.  The class flows from preparatory exercises to dance and performance, following a theme that ultimately develops a learning outcome, such as, co-ordination.  Alongside this, the Disco Duck character plays a big part in our class.  Our children (and their parents) love the Disco Duck stories and enjoy learning about his adventures on a car and Train/at the seaside/going shopping and so on…..

They are keen to dance along to his songs, safe in the knowledge that in the world of imagination, the character of Disco Duck and his adventures are believable.

Coming soon… consistency is key x

The Disco Duck syllabus provides the teacher with a sound basis to develop the very beginnings of dance – take a look www.disco-duck.co.uk

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PERFECT PRE-SCHOOL – EDUCATING THE EARLY YEARS

EDUCATING THE EARLY YEARS

My  Disco Duck journey has been exhilarating, exhausting but ultimately rewarding!

DO YOU HATE MORNINGS? X

I DO NOT LIKE MORNINGS! X

We recently put a post out on our Facebook site, asking how it felt when children (or adults) had participated in a Dance session:  “Uplifted!” ; “My daughter says she feels nice!”; “Happy!” and so on.

This is definitely true of the way I feel when I have finished the class!

I will be the first to admit, that I do NOT like mornings, nor, do I like winter! I trudge wearily to the first class of the day … “HELLO DISCO LADY!” A happy smiley face greets me, the class erupts into laughter and so begins our feel good “dose” of Disco Duck.

I leave the class feeling “ready” to continue the day. (Definitely worth a try – Borrow a friends toddler and come along!)

The key to success here for creating a perfect Pre-school class is exercise and education.

Aim to link  fun and engaging dance exercises with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stages).

Our goal is to teach children by ensuring challenging and playful opportunities by taking into account specific areas of learning and development, especially looking at the characteristics of active learning, but also taking into account the principles of creativity, playing and exploring.

Whilst developing the Disco Duck programme, I  thoroughly studied the following and then based these findings on dance technique alongside the capabilities of the specific age group that Disco Duck is targeted to:

 Observation of children as they act and interact in planned activities and the realisation that the support of parents/carers can contribute to confidence and capability of completing certain activities
 Careful consideration of development for targeted age groups
 Considering ways to support the child which will strengthen their current learning and development, to include “positive relationships” and “Enabling environments”
 Using the development statements to identify areas in which to challenge, enrich and extend current learning.

Happy Dancing everyone x

Coming soon: story-time success!

The Disco Duck syllabus provides the teacher with a sound basis to develop the very beginnings of dance – take a look www.disco-duck.co.uk

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PERFECT PRE-SCHOOL – PROPS ARE PRICELESS!

Props are priceless xIf young children are interested in a certain activity they will develop a “flow” for this activity and will indeed want to explore it further.

We already have an advantage, as the children who enter our classes, have in some form or another expressed an interest in Dance.  It is now our job to create a class that will develop this interest and make them want to return again and again, to repeat well loved exercises and dances, but also to learn new things within a safe and well organised structure.

Young children are generally engaged in a new activity for around 2-3 minutes, so how do we extend this attention span?  Props are definitely the answer!  Choosing a prop for a dance class, can be a minefield, but, here are a few top tips x

  • Make sure that the prop is age appropriate and safe.
  • Look at the prop and decide how this can generate exercises that are related to dance or sport and will provide an educational learning outcome. For example, bean bags can develop hand to eye co-ordination or when balanced on the head can encourage poise and core strength.
  • Can you use the prop to effectively develop both sides of the body?  Ribbons and scarves are fantastic for this, you can explore many co-ordinated actions;  using them simultaneously, using them in one hand and then the other or, by creating various shapes.
  • Use imagery, upbeat music and  themes to accompany your props so that the  children are thoroughly absorbed in the activity.
  • Have fun and enjoy this fantastic age group!

Happy Dancing everyone! x

Coming soon – Educating the Early Years

The Disco Duck syllabus provides the teacher with a sound basis to develop the very beginnings of dance – take a look www.disco-duck.co.uk

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PERFECT PRE-SCHOOL – DANCE AND PERFORMANCE PERFECTION

disco duck training (16) - CopyIt is true!  Anyone with a certain amount of practice can perform the necessary steps to produce a routine to music, but not everyone can dance!

To Dance is to perform; to use our bodies to express the music and to give pleasure to those watching. (Rhythmical expression).

When we teach dance, we are gifted with a truly remarkable job – to ensure that our pupils are really enjoying what we teach so that their performance is a true reflection of joy.  Whether a performance is a parent watching their child or being enthralled by a stage or TV performance, there are 2 things that finish the pieces of the puzzle.

Firstly, when we enjoy a performance, we enjoy the music.

Secondly, we appreciate the way the dancer moves to it – technically sound and dancing from the heart, using the music to deliver clever choreography.

In the beginning, we are aiming to create a good foundation; a child who can dance rhythmically, using their body in a correct and safe way and really attempting to “feel” the music.

Exposing children to different rhythms and “light and shade” in their dancing from a young age, can help to encourage this – how they use their bodies when the music is fast and upbeat compared to expressing themselves when the music is slow will ultimately aid to perfect dance and performance as a child grows.

We are happy when we are listening to music, we are even happier when we are able to move well to it.

Happy dancing everyone!

Coming soon – props are priceless!

The Disco Duck syllabus provides the teacher with a sound basis to develop the very beginnings of dance – take a look www.disco-duck.co.uk

 

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