My investigations into discovering the perfect pre-school session , was ultimately; any music that intimated actions was a hit – look at songs like “The Birdie Song” (way too fast for little ones by the way) “The Hokey Cokey” and even more recently “Gangnam style”. However, there aren`t enough of theses tunes to create an effective class, neither do they produce any form of dance technique or foundation.
So, what are the ultimate foundations for dance and how do we incorporate these into a lively session for both boys and girls?
The most important foundation to be taught is timing – To be able to move in time to the music is the ultimate first step! Young children of this age group are naturally rhythmical and seem able to use their bodies freely to express themselves, (this is also an expectation of the EYFS).
Choosing music that is well phrased and well timed is key here. Finding funky rhythms that have good accented beats is important and then creating a preparatory exercise to develop timing, starting with clapping and then moving onto developing simple steps and movements that they can dance in time to the music, will indeed be the start to creating fun and funky foundations.
Coming soon, chapter 3 – engaging exercises
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