Minute Masterclass Episode 49

Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance. DIRECTIONS is the fourth concept we explore in the DiscoverDance Program. Exploring DIRECTIONS improves our balance, coordination, and spatial awareness. When we explore FORWARDS, BACKWARDS, SIDEWAYS, UP and DOWN movement, our confidence in our moving body grows…especially as we travel BACKWARDS and to our non-dominant side. This skill is necessary for our future dance training. Choreography may call for a dancer to perform a skill on their non-dominant side and moving formations may have dancers experiencing many different DIRECTIONS. 

In addition, moving UP and DOWN and left to right prepares our developing brain for future reading and writing by increasing our emergent literacy skills. We also continue to develop the vocabulary we started to build while exploring PLACE, SIZE, and LEVEL. We explore how those movements can move in different DIRECTIONS. This assists in growing our creative thinking and problem solving skills. You can incorporate the concept of DIRECTIONS into your classes with the song Moving With A Scarf by Music with Mar. For more information, visit DiscoverDance.com.

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