Archive

Always have full participation

Use movement games and simple dance exercises to get everyone involved. Avoid games where kids get eliminated. Have full participation at all times from all kids....

Teach social skills

Teach children social skills by explaining exactly what you want them to do. Be specific. For example, ask them to say: ‘Hello’ when they see a child for the first time. Avoid instructions like saying ‘Be nice’ as this can be confusing....

Model desired behaviour

Model social skills that are important at a dance class, like saying hello, listening, awareness of personal body space and showing empathy....

Parents can help calm kids

Sometimes kids might become angry and upset with other children and the reason for this might not be clear. Giving them a break and getting their parents to help might assist them to calm down. Make sure a clear code of behaviour is known up...

Use Dance Stories

A dance story might be needed to teach a kid a new dance skill or help them join in. These are stories with text and pictures you can find in our resource section....

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...

Top tips for social concerns

Video Transcript: Here are some simple tips for dance teachers to ensure that children who have challenges with social skills can join a dance class. Model social skills that are important at a dance class like saying hello, listening, awareness of personal body space and showing empathy. Pair...