One-off session for children - hints and tips please

Deirdre MacCuish Bark

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I have taught that age of children for several years, and use the gallop
system described by Andrew to teach them skip change of step..Follow-my
-leader is also very popular, with turns at being the leader.
"Ceilidh Madness", from 'Lets All Dance Too' is one I use a lot with new
dancers. It is one of the 'chase', dances and each couple dances it
once. It is a 4 couple dance but works equally well with 3 or 5 couple
sets, which means no-one is left standing out. .
Having a couple of experienced dancers to assist will help a lot as then
you can have one with each of the children's sets to keep things going.
Have fun
Deirdre
Ontario, Canada

Angela Bulteel wrote:
> I offered to teach scottish country dancing in the lunch hour at my
> daughter's very small school some 20 years ago. The children were 6
> year olds and upwards. It was a great success and I did it once a week
> for a few years, I even managed to enter teams in a couple of
> demonstrations. However, in the beginning I learnt very quickly that
> it was easier to make up my own simple 24 bars dances (rather than
> 32 bars) which allowed for the varying abilities of the youngsters,
> rather than use well known beginner's dances, especially with 6 year
> olds. They will love circles, and weaving in an out of other
> standing dancers, down the middle and up and turning their partnrs,
> which at their tender age was about as much as they could cope with.
> As you only have an hour, one short dance is about all you will
> manage, but I started with all the dancers just dancing round the room
> to a 24 bar jig, I danced round with them and some even managed to
> copy my skip change of step - you will find some do it naturally
> while others just single skip or even run. (it doesn't really matter,
> more important they enjoy) I got mine to clap in time to the music
> while moving round the room in the first few minutes and repeat
> counting out loud 1 - 8 as they did so, which seemed to help.
> It shouldnt be too difficult to make up a simple dance to suit raw 6
> year old beginners, If you can manage 2 x 5 couple sets you might try
> say... 1st couples down the middle and up to top place, followed by
> 1st couple casting out to begin, weaving in an out the windows on
> their own sides finishing at the bottom and all circle once round and
> back = 24 bars. An alternative would be 1st couple cast own sides to
> the bottom and make an arch and the others follow going under the arch
> and up to place. finish with the proverbial circle. They will love
> that! Bear in mind they will have no conception of barring or timing,
> so dont be too ambitious but keep them counting every 8 bars out
> loud. You never know, if they think they can complete the dance
> correctly, you might find them begging for another hour's class from
> you next week!!! Good luck, I bet you thoroughly enjoy it. Let us all
> know how you get on. Angela
>
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> Subject: One-off session for children - hints and tips please
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>
> Hi everyone
>
> I have been asked to run a one-off Scottish dance session at an
> after-school
> club for 6-9 year olds in a few weeks time.
>
> I’m trying to decide what to do with them, and wonder if any of you
> have any
> good suggestions, or hints and tips to help keep them interested and
> try to
> avoid the session descending into chaos!
>
> I will only have around an hour, and as it is a one-off session, it
> would be
> good to get through a fairly simple dance all the way through.
>
> There will probably be around 20 children – and I’m hoping to get in a
> couple of adult dancers to lend their support as well.
>
> Any advice would be gratefully received.
>
> Thanks all,
>
> Nicola Scott
>
> Birmingham, UK
>
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