FUNKY STREET DANCE
John Johnny Dance Academy
John Johnny teaches the old school funky street dance. John Johnny is committed and passionate about dancing with years of experience in this Industry and is always helping young kids reach their full potential by boosting self-esteem, whilst developing core strength and fitness.
SEN DANCE CLASSES WITH JOHN JOHNNY
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!
Sacred Heart CofE School, Butlers Court School, Peppard Common School,The Beacon, Spinfield School, Disraeli School, Godstowe School, Burford School, Great Marlow School, Highcrest School, Hamilton School, St Peters School, The Village Preschool, Hazlemere CofE School, Cressex School, Foxes Piece School, Danesfield School, Beechview School, West Wycombe School, LaneEnd School, Bledlow Ridge School, Chepping View Primary School, Chiltern Wood School, Downley School, Tyler Green First School & Primary School, St Pauls CofE School, Carrington Infant School, Woodlands Primary referral School, Bisham Primary School, St Michaels School, Manor Farm Junior School,
SEN Dance Teacher for the Chiltern Wood School, Manor Green School Maidenhead, Woodland Pru & Social Links Hub High Wycombe.