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Teacher: Barbara Kreiss who teaches at Longwood Elementary in Hayward, CA.

Name of Best Practice: Dance Club

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To provide more dance opportunities for students during their free time (e.g., lunch, recess, etc.).

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Materials Needed: Music, player, dance space (can be a classroom or outside). Optional materials if available: computer, projector for showing videos of dances, etc.

Dance Club

Our Dance Club is an opportunity for students to participate in more dance outside of the physical education class. It can be provided before school, during longer recesses (e.g., lunch) or after school on a weekly basis or more frequently. My dance club this year is 15 min per grade group (1-2, 3-4, 5-6) once a week. I have provided it before school as well.

The instructor introduces a new dance at each meeting with practice time for the first half of the Club. The second part is where students get to choose dances to do from those that have been taught. Videos of dances can be shown to help with visualization. (Examples, Sid Shuffle, Watch Me Whip).

Dance Resources on PE Central:

Dance Idea of the Month
Dances with Videos

Variations:

Provide t-shirts for the kids that say Dance Club.

Have a fundraiser to raise money for the Dance Club.

They could get so good that they could perform at half time at local high school basketball games, etc.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Demonstration along with appropriate cues helps the students learn the dances faster.

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Posted on PEC: 1/5/2016 and has received 6 votes.

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