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Teaching New Dancers: Keep it Simple Keep it Fun

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78 pagine
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Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781301983728
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Teaching New Dancers is written for leaders who want to teach easy dances to people who have never danced or seldom dance. It is a collection of dances and a teaching plan specifically designed for the needs of schoolteachers, church youth ministers, recreation department personnel, camp leaders, recreation directors for retirement centers, camp councilors, etc. The success of the program relies on using very simple easy to learn instructions. The main goal is to keep it fun.

Most of the dances in this book can be taught by people with little or no experience in teaching dancing. All the dance leader needs to do is learn a very limited number of dances and then show these dances to the people attending the dance party. The dances require no special skill, on the part of the teacher, other than for a willingness to spend a little time learning how to do each dance.

The dances in “Teaching New Dancers” use a very limited number of dance movements. This means new dance leaders will have very little homework to do and their is no fancy footwork to master.

The dances used in this book are arranged in an order that adds new dance skills in a logical pattern both for the teacher and the students. They are deliberately selected to make the learning process easy and fun.

Pubblicato:
Mar 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781301983728
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

I have taught dancing for 57 years. I am a member of CALLERLAB -- The International Association of Square Dance Callers. I've been on their Board of Directors for 17 years. I am a charter member of The Lloyd Shaw Foundation. I have published 3 books about teaching dancing. One is still in print. I.e. Dancing for Busy People (See website above). I was on the staff of two square dance magazine. Square Dancing and Square Dancing Today. I have been on the education program at numerous National Square Dance Conventions and the CALLERLAB National Convention.

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Teaching New Dancers - Calvin Campbell

Teaching New Dancers

Keep It Simple, Keep It Fun

by

Calvin L. Campbell

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Copyright 2013 Calvin Campbell

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Quick Start Kit

No Partner Needed Dances

Dances With Partners

Extra Dances

Cue Cards

Beyond the Quick Start Kit

It’s Really All About the Music

Adapting the Quick Start Dance Kit

Fundamentals of Calling/Prompting/Cueing

Finding Music for Dancing

Alphabetical Listing of Recordings

Adapting the Music

Audio Equipment

Introduction

Teaching New Dancers is written for leaders who want to teach easy dances to people who have never danced or seldom dance. It is a collection of dances and a teaching plan specifically designed for the needs of schoolteachers, church youth ministers, recreation department personnel, camp leaders, recreation directors for retirement centers, camp councilors, etc. The success of the program relies on using very simple easy to learn instructions. The main goal is to keep it fun.

Most of the dances in this book can be taught by people with little or no experience in teaching dancing. All the dance leader needs to do is learn a very limited number of dances and then show these dances to the people attending the beginner dance party. The dances require no special skill, on the part of the teacher, other than for a willingness to spend a little time learning how to do each dance.

For most new dance leaders, learning dances can be pretty scary because of the complex footwork. The dances in Teaching New Dancers use a very limited number of dance movements. This means new dance leaders will have very little homework to do and their is no fancy footwork to master.

The dances used in this book are arranged in an order that adds new dance skills in a logical pattern both for the teacher and the students. They are deliberately selected to make the learning process easy and fun.

The First Step

There is nothing like an example to show you how easily dances can be taught. Imagine that you have been asked to do a short warm up dance for a group of teachers attending a meeting. None of them have ever danced before.

There is a PA set that can be used to connect an IPod or IPad or some other kind of MP3 player to the PA system. The people in charge have given you just five to seven minutes to teach one dance before the start of the day’s activities.

You have done some research and picked out music that you like. You choose a short version of the tune because you only have seven minutes to get the assignment done.

The first thing you do is put the music on in the background. Then get the teachers to join hands in a big circle. No one will need a partner and don’t worry if some of the teachers won’t get up to try the dance. You should join the circle of dancers to show them the dance.

In the big circle, have them Circle Left for 8 steps. Then Circle Right for 8 steps. Face the center of the set and walk toward the middle of the set 4 steps and then have them clap their hands 4 times. Next, have them back away from the center 4 more steps and then clap their hands 4 times. That is the whole dance routine. You have done a

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