Dance workshop: Dance Around Our World

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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.

What you need to know

Workshop leader: A West End dancer and choreographer experienced in working with children

Topics: The whole process of creating and performing a dance piece, compressed in to less than an hour. Storytelling through movement, basic performance skills, responding to music, creation of simple dances.

Age range: Reception to Y6

Location: In your school hall

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 6 or 7 classes per day. Larger schools may need multiple days.

The workshop was well presented and themed well to my Year 1 Class. The children were engaged and involved throughout. The choreographer had a good presence with the children offering the right balance of positive praise and behaviour management.
— Year 1 Teacher, Dogsthorpe Infant School