Dance workshop

My own experience of dance is very limited. A years’ experience of dance class, Scottish country dancing throughout high school and dancing to the radio in the kitchen is as far as it goes. Before the dance input I was apprehensive as I only ever dance in front of family and close friends purely to make them giggle. However, the thought of dancing and making a fool out of myself in front of people I barely knew was not something I welcomed with open arms. Leaving the dance session, I still felt a little embarrassed but a lot less apprehensive over teaching dance within the primary setting as I learned that to teach dance you didn’t need to be a professional but instead have the ability to facilitate the children to be able to enjoy dance. The challenges I feel I may face when teaching dance would be to be able to push myself out of my comfort zone of my kitchen to actually joining in with the children and experiencing the lesson with them. This I feel would display to the children that there is nothing to be embarrassed about during a dance lesson. In addition, I feel getting the older children within a setting to get involved with dance would be difficult as from my own experience of being apprehensive within those lessons that it could be difficult to get children who feel the same as I do/did to be able to give as much as they can to the class to get out a lot from the sessions. I feel a way to work round this would be having quick fire warm ups to get the children into the swing of things and to feel less self-conscious before beginning the main bulk of the lesson. My professional goal for the next four years in particular is to be less self-aware when participating in these kinds of workshops or even when delivering them to a class.

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