Dance your way across the continents
During the Dance Around Our World dance workshop our choreographer will work with each class, giving them a chance to dance their way through the different continents. The workshop includes dances from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The children will be inspired by the international dances and understand how different cultures across the world have developed their own style of dance. We use a range of techniques and music, and customise each session to suit the interests and age of the children.
Each workshop concludes with a performance moment, when the children perform aspects of their work to themselves and to their teacher.
International dances included in the workshop:
France - Can Can - a music hall dance traditionally performed by a row of chorus girls, it started in the working class ballrooms of paris in the 1830's and was a livelier version of the gallop, which originated as a dance for couples. Cancan means 'Tittle tattle' or 'scandal'.
Scotland - Highland Fling - Traditional highland dance, a fling is a term for a dance step and the idea is to stay on the one spot whilst performing this dance.
Africa - Adumu - Maasai dance, traditionally performed at Eunoto, the coming of age ceremony for warriors, known also as the Jumping dance. Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people, located in Kenya and northern Tanzania.
Russia - Kalinka - Russian song written in 1860 as part of a theatrical piece, together with traditional russian dance moves.
India- Jai Ho (Bollywood) - Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (Bombay). Music in these films are called 'Filma' and the dances are based on traditional Indian dances and folk dances.
New Zealand - Haka - Traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Maori people, made famous by the rugby team.
Cuba - Salsa - origins from Cuban-Son (circa 1920) and Afro Cuban dance, mainly the Rumba.
America - Street Dance - Modern american pop video dance moves.
In one school day a professional West End dancer/choreographer can lead up to seven sessions with children from Reception to Year 6.
Storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings.
All in your school hall!
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