Archive

How do Deaf people connect with music?

Video Transcript: There are two questions that I am always being asked. They are Can you lipread? How can you dance if you can’t hear the music? I will talk about the second question. Deaf people do experience music and sound – just in a different way from...

Helping children learn social skills through ballet

Video Transcript: Some children with developmental delays may experience challenges in knowing what to do in social situations. They might feel anxious or worried or feel overwhelmed. Lucky for us, there is a link between ballet and social skills, which can help kids learn ballet and extend...

An introduction to teaching ballet to children with disability

Video Transcript: As a dance teacher, you have the unique opportunity to engage children of all abilities in dance. Including children with disabilities is not difficult, it just required understanding, a bit of patience and flexibility. A good teacher is an inclusive teacher! Here are some things...

Ballet tips for children with intellectual disability

Video Transcript: Students with intellectual disability may have challenges with some of their thinking skills. It may take longer for them to learn new things, which means they may need additional time and support in learning. S-l-o-w communication, repeated with visual demonstration and followed by silence will...

Using a dance class visual schedule

Video Transcript: Some students might find spontaneity and improvisation challenging or need a visual schedule to understand what you are communicating and what’s coming next. For example, children with autism often like things to be done a particular way, and in a particular order, and can...

Adapting ballet exercises for children with mobility limitations

Video Transcript: Adapting exercises can help children who might have mobility limitations fully participate in dance. In acknowledging diversity in any classroom, it is important to recognise that all students differ in movement style and flexibility. The goals for a class should consider a child's bodily...

Top Tips for Deaf/Hard of hearing people

Video Transcript: Here are some simple tips for dance teachers to ensure that children who are Deaf or hard of hearing are included in a dance class. The Deaf community is highly diverse. Most Deaf people, including children use Auslan. Some Deaf children have hearing aids and...

Using different learning styles to teach ballet

Video Transcript: A great way to teach children with communication challenges or developmental delays, is to make use of different learning styles, which can include:  visual, auditory and kinesthetic/physical. Visual learners may respond best through seeing and reading. So the writing of a focal step on a...