If we want children to grow up to believe they can do anything and that they are not confined to certain activities which fit within gendered stereotypes, then we need to start changing how we talk about subjects like dance. Instead of worrying about the preconceptions of dance, let's take a look at some of the incredible benefits participating in dance can have for young boys.Read More
Each year we choose a special selection of books to focus on in dance and drama workshops during the World Book Day period, including one or two completely new workshop options. (This also means we get to spend some quality time in bookshops, which is an added bonus!)
We’re delighted to announce that our 2020 World Book Day choices are…Read More
“A smile is the universal language of kindness” - William Arthur Ward
A smile is our body’s way to communicate joy without language, much like a wave to say hello or a shake of the head to mean no thank you.
Without even thinking about it we are capable of communicating with so many people without uttering a single word.Read More
Inspiring children to bring books to life with dance is one of our favourite things to do at West End in Schools. Just last week we gathered some of the country’s most talented dancers in one room, to work through the choreography for our Bringing Books to Life dance workshops in primary schools. We spoke to a few of our regular West End in Schools choreographers to find out more about their work with us to inspire children to dance.Read More
Watching a narrative dance piece introduces to children what it means to communicate with their bodies, faces and gestures. It demonstrates how ‘dialogues’ can be shared without any spoken word, and how that itself may bring about whole new dynamics to ‘conversation’.Read More
So last term you read our Guide to Teaching Dance series and you’ve found your groove? Thought so! Well, to help you along this year we’ve put together a 2019 Dance Calendar! Providing a year round excuse for getting the whole class up and jiving!Read More
Welcome to Part 5 of the West End in Schools Guide to Teaching Dance. So far we’ve covered why we should teach dance at all, the 5 simple steps for how to teach dance, the process for creating choreography with your students, and lastly the choreographic devices that will help you and your students create. This final piece is all about tips for actually delivering a session.Read More
After going through the process of creating dance in Part 3 it’s time to talk about choreographic devices. Choreographic devices are the tools we use to manipulate movement in order to enhance, exaggerate and embody actions. They’re a great way to give a class or a group of children ownership over their dance. Here we have 11 devices, some which are more suitable for EYFS and KS1, and some for KS2.Read More
Been teaching pre-set dances for a while now? Rinsed your repertoire? Is your class itching to create something of their own? Are you?! Then let’s do it. Let’s create. Let’s choreograph. (It’s easier than you might think.)Read More
Welcome to Part 2 of our Guide to Teaching Dance! In Part 1 we discussed the benefits of teaching dance in the first place. Here in Part 2 I’m going to talk all about how to teach dance. A good way to approach this is through 5 simple steps…Read More
Are you a dancing queen? Can you conga round the classroom? Are you a master of mambo? Two-step or tango?! Whatever your style, or potential lack thereof - do not fear! In this blog series we’re going to cover all the steps that will help you deliver dance in your school to the very best of your ability.Read More
How will you 'light up' your school hall this October?
With Diwali on the horizon we’ve created a free teaching resource which you can read here or download to print off and use in your classroom.
Two years ago we were thrilled to be asked by a Primary School we had visited in Yately if we could provide PPA Cover for their KS2 classes.
We put together a programme called Star Partnerships, giving each class West End quality weekly drama sessions expanding on their current class topic.Read More
We do shows, we do education, (and sometimes we do Birmingham too!) so we thought perhaps we should check out the Education Show at the NEC! Once we found out that dancer Darcey Bussell and Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen were key speakers we booked our train tickets!Read More
When we visit a school it’s not just the children who have fun! We spoke to our lovely Daisy Maywood about her passion for Bringing Books to Life…Read More