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Dance and Education During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cheshire Dance has suspended its normal delivery of classes inside schools. However, the team still remains committed to keeping young people dancing and to ensuring that the art form still forms an integral part of pupils’ education.

As government guidelines begin to shift, we are looking towards the future of dance in schools. We are looking to create innovative solutions to help you achieve, a broad, exciting, creative curriculum in your school.

Dance can be used as a powerful tool help aid the recovery of young people’s mental health around the many changes that the Coronavirus has caused. Dance allows for young people to express themselves, be creative, experience mindfulness and improve their overall health.

As a result, Cheshire Dance is looking at offering 3 solutions and we invite you to express an interest or offer feedback at: emma@cheshiredance.org.

 

Cheshire Dance COVID-19 Schools Offer

 

1. Outdoor Workshops and Projects: Utilising an outdoor space in your school grounds, we can create movement sessions that allow children to move in the relative safety of the outdoors, respond to the environment around them, use curriculum stimulus where appropriate (water cycle, life cycle, animals, insects and many more.) This could be developed into a film or live performance when allowed.

2. Live Streaming Sessions: With the class bubble working together, a dance artist can run a session via live streaming through a whiteboard or projection. This can be adapted to what equipment there is available at your school.

3. Face to Face Sessions: Would you prefer to wait until it is safe to go back to face to face sessions? These can be cross-curricular sessions using dance to support learning, specific movement mindfulness sessions to support mental health or after school clubs.

 

To find out how Cheshire Dance can work with your setting and to book our team for the above, please contact: emma@cheshiredance.org

 



 

FREE Dance Education Resource Packs


Cheshire Dance has created two FREE Dance Education Resource Packs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils for primary school teachers to download and use with their students. These packs include written instructions, an audio file and a video file.

 

Key Stage 1 Dance Resource:


Click here to download the full resource pack.

 

Key Stage 2 Dance Resource:


Click here to download the full resource pack.

 

 

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Dance and Young People

Dance has been widely recognised to improve both physical and mental health and overall wellbeing - particularly amongst young people.

 

 

* Dance increases cardiovascular activity and can help to reduce weight gain.

* It improves cognitive functions with movement creating a link between a problem or idea to an outcome or solution. Thus, it can progress classroom learning and provide a platform for creative & critical thinking.

* Dance promotes sociability through working together and celebrating within the community; it can heighten resilience and boost positive mental health.

* It can develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively—both verbally and in movement.

* Dance is a key element of self-expression and allows a growing awareness of one’s physical self.

* Whilst only 38% of girls are reported to achieve the recommended amount of physical daily exercise, dance has proved to be an innovative way of engaging girls in physical activity.

 


 

Enriching The Curriculum With Dance

At Cheshire Dance we work with schools across the borough to enrich the learning and lives of young people through dance.  Our approach is inclusive and person-centred and our artists are passionate about delivering creative interventions that champion the health & wellbeing of students.

 
All of our artists are highly trained and experienced in performance and teaching practices and our practitioners are able to deliver to all ages and abilities/ disabilities.

We ensure that dance as an art form works to contribute to young people’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and we are proud to work with schools to deliver:

 

* Cross Curricular Dance Workshops – using dance to enhance kinaesthetic learning, promoting creative thinking alongside critical thinking to deepen students understanding in topic work.

* Residential Workshops – delivering on the theme of a residential and building towards a performance to be presented at the end of the residential. 

* Inset Days & Professional Development for Teachers – providing practical tools for engaging children in dance and movement and sharing accessible learning strategies to translate to all abilities, ages and those with SEN/disabilities.

* Support for curriculum-designed development (including school improvement plans) and guidance on adding value to current frameworks in line with OFSTED.

* Regular after school clubs, full day workshops and half day workshops in line with each settings needs.

 


Please note: Workshops, classes and professional development training is tailored to suit individual needs and can be customised for specific age ranges, abilities, special educational needs and complex disabilities. 

 

For more information on Cheshire Dance's work within Education Settings, please contact us for an Education Pack.

 


 

NB: Cheshire Dance insurance does not cover accidents that occur when dancing without a Cheshire Dance practitioner present. ”Staying Safe" is YOUR responsibility. Read the Cheshire Dance Online Classes Terms and Conditions here.

 


 

 

Support Cheshire Dance

Text CHES001 to 70970 to donate £5 to support the freelance dance artists that are helping us to make this possible. Or, click here to "Donate As You Feel" to Cheshire Dance.

 

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"Having the interpretation of the British Values Agenda through a cultural partner, as opposed to an educational interpretation, allowed for an enriched and alternative approach to tackling how delivery of this agenda could be translated into the classroom."

Geraldine Redhead, Sandbach Primary Academy

 




Please Note: Due to the Coronavirus, Cheshire Dance has closed its office doors until further notice. To get in touch with the Virtual Cheshire Dance team, please email: hello@cheshiredance.org.

 

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Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, lead dance provider across Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Boroughs and works extensively in partnership with arts, public and voluntary sector organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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