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Overview and benefit
This exercise helps to develop the children’s confidence by encourage them to give you their own creative input to the music by showing you their own dance moves and ideas that are then mirrored by the rest of the group.
- some upbeat music to dance to
- two to three weeks
How it works
Children are encouraged to show and suggests their own dance moves. The activity should be a child-led physical response to music:
What to do in the class
Play a song (instrumental) and get a child to offer a “move” and all to copy… another child adds a different move and all do that, perhaps 4 moves given. The teacher then rotates through the moves. Encourage children to offer a move. If they are reluctant get the parents to offer a move so the children see what to do.
If you have more confident children, they could come into the middle and suggest a move. If there are some that are reluctant, they could think about it during the week and come prepared with a move.
Adaptations for older/younger children
This exercise will work best with verbal children
What to do in a nursery setting
If the children are reluctant to give you idea you can start the ball rolling with ideas from the staff.