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How to teach a dance using the 6 principles of dance
Lots of teachers ask us how they can teach dance in their primary school without any previous dance experience. And remember, you don't have to be a dance specialist to teach primary dance.
One of the main elements to teaching dance are the six principles of dance, and you can build your choreography from there.
So, when you've got them, you will be absolute fine. I'm going to take you through them now.
This is moving from point A to point B, or moving from a point, moving around the room and coming back to the same point. As long as you've left the spot and moved around, that's traveling. You can use any movement to do that, it could be walking, or skipping, or it could be a crazy dance move, whatever you want.
Turning is very simple, it's literally a change of direction. It could be as simple as turning from the front to the side, or it could be spinning; as long as there is a directional change that's turning.
Jumping and leaping
This is all about leaving the ground so you can do two feet back to two feet, two feet to one foot, one foot to two feet or leaping is one foot to one foot. As long as you leave the ground, at some point, that's your jump.
Balance and stillness
Stillness is like a statue or a photograph, and it could be a really nice way to end your performance with everybody being absolutely Still and not moving.
Really nice picture balances, slightly different balance is unstable, it's wobbly, and you have to work really hard not to fall over.
But remember, you can balance on lots of different body parts, not just on your feet. So, think about adding balance and stillness into your routine.
Using different levels and moving at different heights can really add to the look of your performance. You can be high, you can be middle level, you can be low level, or you could even be completely down on the floor. And this just adds a really nice layer of interest to your routine.
This is the character, the scene, or the story you're trying to tell.
It maybe you are doing a Bollywood dance routine, gestures are a great way to really make the dance come alive with you hand movements; or maybe you’re a Roman gladiator, think about how your movements and gestures need to be strong as you show the character of a gladiator. This could also incorporate holding (or pretending to hold) different pieces of equipment. So, it all adds to the layer of imagination and interest in your routine.
And that's your sixth principle of dance!
- Jumping and leaping
- Balance and stillness
Watch the movie and you’ll find a clip of the lovely Jack and Morgan demonstrating a simple circus themed combination using the six dance principles suitable for children ages five to seven years.