John Johnny Dance Academy
John Johnny teaches the old school funky street dance in Marlow. John Johnny is committed and passionate about dancing with over 25 years in this Industry and is always helping young kids reach their full potential by boosting self-esteem, whilst developing core strength and fitness. John Johnny dance academy teaches Nursery ages, Ks1,Ks2 and also working with Special needs and disabled students on an enrichment course in various locations.
John Johnny offers private dance classes.
What to Offer Your Special Needs Dancers
Your students may have a disability but they also have so much ability!
Your new students are people. Some may have the heart and mind of a child, but do not treat them as such. Treat them as you might treat others their age and as you would want someone to treat you. Do this, and you’ll be off to a great start.
Running a special needs dance class is similar to any other dance class with only a few slight differences.
We start with an uncomplicated series of stretches, warming up our head and arms, then sitting down in a straddle to reach for one side, then the other, to the middle, and then a pike stretch with pointed feet and flexed feet, and we finish with a butterfly stretch.
We do these in a circle so that we can all see each other on an equal level. Like King Arthur’s Round Table, we want to ensure our seating arrangement reinforces that all who are invited to sit are highly and equally favored.
We then form two lines (applying ‘window’ spacing) to work on a dance. You will need to help place everyone and help them find their spot for the first few weeks. After that, it will become a natural habit for everyone. Some weeks we practice some technique and steps before our dance: three-step turns, grapevines, jazz squares, pencil turns, chassé and even pirouettes. Other weeks we go straight into working on our dance.
Keep the music upbeat and fun but not too fast, the routines simple and the steps slow. Do not expect everyone to execute the moves perfectly and on time. Repeat the same thing you taught last week again, then add only a few eight counts (2-3). Follow this pattern each week.
Patience is key, but making sure they have fun is even more important. While you’re at it, have some fun yourself!