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Dance dynamics: Under the sea

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By Kara Herbertfounder of Tempo Dance Company

Group dance is a great way to inspire children. And the routines really needn’t be that difficult, as movement teacher Kara Herbert shows…

This is a contemporary dance routine for four- to seven-year-olds, based on the theme, ‘Under the sea’. Teach the routine bit by bit, adding on a little section at a time, and practise with the music as you go.

You will need: large clean space, with appropriate flooring; CD player; ‘Under the Sea’ music from the film The Little Mermaid; large pen and paper.

Before you begin

Ask the children to discuss their thoughts and imagery on the underwater theme. What might they find under the sea? Use your pen and paper to note down their ideas, and keep this displayed for them throughout the workshop. Encourage the children to demonstrate their ideas physically, putting actions to their words.

Warm up

It is always essential to get the children warmed up before they begin dancing. Start with an aerobic game then do some simple stretches, such as lunges and side stretches.

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  1. T4726
    on 2 January 2013

    Great Idea

    Thank you! My topic for this term is ‘Under the Sea’. This will fit beautifully. Thanks again.