Dance Kit Thank you for participating in Dance 4 Down Syndrome (D4DS)!! We have put together this dance kit to help you plan your dance event. D4DS is an annual event and is scheduled to coincide with international Down Syndrome day which falls on 21st March in 2010. How to participate: Register your school, organisation, group or family online (click here). Decide how you would like to participate. We have listed many activities below. These range from one off 3 minute activities to activities that run for a week. Please read further to find an activity that suits you or your organisation. Encourage parents, friends and siblings to sponsor your daycare, school or organisation either online or by making payment to the teacher in charge. There are many dance activities to choose from; you can select one item and do it as a one off event or choose to do it every day of the week. There are no rules in regard to how long you dance for or when you dance. The aim is to get moving and help increase awareness of Down Syndrome while bringing benefit to the wider community through movement and dance. . Kinder/Pre-school/Prep Here are some ideas to pick from. 1. Pick one suggestion as a one off event 2. Select one activity and repeat every day for a week to facilitate familiarity 3. Select a different activity each day for a week to add variety Ideas for dance games include Hokey Pokey Musical Statues Follow the leader using dance movements (e.g. bend and stretch, wiggling the hips, hands on heads, star jumps, pointing toes etc..) Ideas of songs that have actions/movements You can stamp your feet I'm a little teapot Scarecrow song Teddy bear teddy bear Heads, shoulders knees and toes Rock-a-bye your bear Select a prop to help facilitate movement Ribbons Musical Instruments Scarves Encourage understanding of Music and Rhythm Clapping to music Hopping and jumping in time to the music Use musical instruments Play different genres of music: pop, classical, nursery rhymes, country Song suggestions to encourage rhythm If you're happy and you know it Der Glumph Open, shut them Marching songs Basic Ballet Class Request the assistance of a ballet teacher and ask them to come in and teach the class all of the basic ballet positions. You could do this as a 5 minute activity or turn it into an introductory class running anywhere from 30 mins to an hour. You never know, there may be someone on the teaching staff that can demonstrate the basic ballet positions and create a game out of remembering them. Primary and High School Years Learn about different dances from around the world Select a nationality and have go at dancing their folk dance. Use their traditional music or music based on their traditional music. Here are some suggestions: Greek African Dance Israeli Hungarian Irish Clogging Maypole Dance Indian Balinese New Zealand Poi Twirling Polish Folk dance Of course there are plenty more but these are just a few to get you thinking. Perhaps pick a folk dance that is familiar to one of the children in the class. Enlist the help of a dance teacher Employ a dance teacher to come in and teach a dance class before school, during assembly, after school or on the weekend. Dance styles could include: Hip Hop Broadway Dance Ballroom Jazz Flamenco Flamenco Tap Le Bop Modern Jive Bollywood Ballet Salsa Argentine Tango Belly Dance Latin American Breakin’ Basic Ballet Class Request the assistance of a ballet teacher and ask them to come in and teach the class all of the basic ballet positions. You could do this as a 5 minute activity or turn it into an introductory class running anywhere from 30 mins to an hour. Dancing machines or WII dancing games It might be a good idea to use activities that children are already engaged in and are excited about such as dance machines or wii games. You may have a student that has a wii that they can bring in for an afternoon or you may like to hire in a dance machine. You could set it up as a mini competition to engage the kids further. Barn dance Holding a barn dance can be a lot of fun. You can decorate the hall with bundles of hay, pitch forks and farm gear. Arrange for a “caller” to come in and run the dances. The students will have a lot of fun; they will dance with each other and increase social awareness. Hold a mini dance party You could hold a dance party after school, in assembly or on a weekend. Some dance themes could include: Easter PartyTheme Kids dress up as bunnies or eggs Have the dance outside and incorporate an Easter Egg hunt into the festivities Create a parade where all the children are dancing in a circle (or line dancing) Hawaiian You can purchase cheap costuming and decorations from the discount stores such as lei’s and hula skirts Winter Wonderland Encourage everyone to wear white. Create cut out snowmen. Valentine’s day theme Ask everyone to wear red. Source red decorations. Lots of heart and cupid decorations. Run a dance-a-thon Encourage students to get sponsors for the number of minutes they dance. Employ a dance teacher to teach different dance styles over a 4 hour period. Here is a suggested timetable of events. Time Length Dance Style 1st session 50 mins Hip Hop Break 10 mins 2nd session 50 mins Lyrical Jazz Break 10 mins 3rd session 50 mins Le Bop Modern Jive Break 10 mins 4th session 50 mins Belly dance Total = 200 mins If a student asks to be sponsored at: 10 cents a minute = $20 per student 20 cents a minute = $40 per student 30 cents a minute = $60 per student Learn Hula Hooping Hula hooping is an old time favourite. Make it into a competition to see who can hula for the longest time. Resources: The ABC has put out lots of CDs with nursery Rhymes that are great for dance games http://www.songsforteaching.com/movement.htm http://en.wikipedia.org Help us contribute to this dance kit. If you have run a successful dance event that you would like to see added to this list please e- mail us on email@example.com so we can share as many ideas as possible to make this event fun and easy to participate in. 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