Minute Masterclass Episode 155
Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance and creator of the Foundations Course for Early Childhood Dance Educators and the DiscoverDance Experience Membership. Today, we’re talking about freeze dance songs. The freeze dance isn’t just a fun activity for the end of class or as a reward for good behavior. The freeze dance should be a staple in every class and I recommend it be the first activity you do in every class. Not only does the freeze dance allow for creative expression and improved improvisational skills, but it is an excellent listening and self-regulation activity. These are two things we need our students to develop in order to create an optimal learning environment. It’s not just a reward for the students, it’s a reward for the teacher!
When choosing freeze dance songs be sure to pick a song that stops on its own. This will allow you to fully participate and demonstrate how to do the freeze dance. When your dancers see you hopping and skipping and turning, they are more likely to mimic your movement, remain engaged, and dance. Remember to check out today’s post on freeze dance songs for your music library inside the Early Childhood Dance Educators’ Facebook group. I’ll see you there!