Minute Masterclass Episode 19
Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance. Anne Green Gilbert writes in her Brain Compatible Dance Education book that preschoolers can focus on teacher directed learning for 5-6 minutes. When learning choreography, it is important to use this time wisely. Here is a simple 3-step guide to follow when teaching performance choreography.
First, preschoolers perform choreography all by themselves without your assistance. This is an important step for their memory development and confidence. No matter how tempting it is to swoop in and help them, put the music on, sit back, and enjoy watching their little brains work hard to remember what they have learned.
Next, repeat the dance with them. This is where you will add on new choreography while students follow. Only stop to explain formation changes or unfamiliar movement.
Lasty, repeat choreography from the top one more time all together. Remember to stay calm, happy, and keep it exciting. The more fun you have with it, the more they will remember and enjoy this portion of class. For more information, visit DiscoverDance.com.
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