Traditional country dancing is an exciting way to make PE lessons fun! It puts mathematical concepts such as shapes, patterns, sequences and numbers into practice. Linking movements together also helps with coordination, agility and memorisation. These dances are an excellent demonstration of British values and culture, and come from all over the British Isles.
Working in pairs or groups, the students dance in time to exciting traditional music (recorded, or live for an additional fee). Older students might also enjoy writing their own dances using traditional movements and structures.
Alison can also provide CPD sessions for teachers. In addition to teaching a range of dances, she can suggest suitable music, appropriate warmups, ways of linking country dance to the rest of the curriculum, catering to different abilities and achieving high standards.
Age group: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3+, teacher training
Length: 30-60 minutes per class; one off days/half days, or a series of workshops
Skills and knowledge developed: creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, history, PE, musicality, maths and geometry
Event type: suitable for British Values workshops, PE lessons, after school clubs, and community events
Provided: instructor, music on CD, small PA system
Requirements: large hall (or a dry playground)