teaching children

Loren Wright

Message 4420 · 16 Jul 1996 17:35:06 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Somehow I've managed to volunteer to teach a 4-week SCD class for children
(ages 5-13)! I'm not totally unprepared, but I could certainly use some
help.

I've occasionally had children in my regular classes. Usually they do only
one dance, and then go color in the corner of the room. I have a good
rapport with them, and have a pretty good idea of the kinds of dances they
can handle and enjoy. When they do dance, each has an adult as a partner,
which won't be the case in this class.

I have the Graded Bk., Childrens' Book, and a book from Australia called
"Beyond the Black Stump." Are there any others I should get? How about
individual dances from other books? Others that come to mind: Cumberland
Reel, Loon Mtn. Reel, Kate & Dod (from Boston Branch bk.--"Yankee
Sampler"?).

Do children need the same kind of warmup adults need? (I would think not,
but what do they need?)

I know this would depend on the ages, but what kind of footwork should I
expect to achieve? When I took SCD instruction as a child (12ish), I was
never taught strathspey, nor do I remember anything about 3 beats in pas de
basque or turnout.

Loren Wright xxxxxx@xxx.xx.xxx
Nashua (NH, USA) Scottish Country Dancers
or Roger Wagner Publishing

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