Olivia: “Teachers have the unique opportunity to engage children of all abilities in dance. A good dance teacher is an inclusive teacher. Here are some basic tips to ensure everyone can participate in dance”.
Shaun: “Attitude matters. A teacher’s personal attitudes will have a real impact on all children. Consider things from the child’s point of view and always be understanding”.
Olivia: “Small modifications can make a big difference. There are simple ways to modify and adapt dance movements to help a child with a disability join in. For example, you can slow the pace of instruction and modify the movement range. Standing movements can also be adapted to be performed seated”.
Shaun: “Shorten activities. If you’re not sure how to modify an activity for a child with a disability ask them or their parents for ideas. This will help you better understand their abilities, skills and motivations, and be able to challenge and inspire them to learn and improve”.
Olivia: “There are different ways to join in. Create different roles so that everyone can be involved. Some kids may prefer to be to participate in some of the class and then have a different role like the teacher assistant or music operator”.
Shaun: “Create dance activities in which children can succeed. Begin with simple exercises. Slow things down. Break the steps down so children can gain confidence performing basics moves. This will help boost their self-esteem”.
Olivia: “Remember, every child has the right to be involved in all aspects of life, especially dance. Including children with disabilities is not hard; it just requires understanding. You can make the world fit for all kids by including all kids in dance”.