The starting point for a dance lesson can be anything – a body movement, a specific area of the dance curriculum, or even a specific activity. If the lesson is for younger children, it might be helpful to find a way to link dance with other areas of learning. The stimulus should prompt thought and inquiry. You can use a drum, dance costumes, and other props to stimulate movement explorations. Here are some ideas for a dance lesson:
During a dance lesson, young dancers often move across the floor individually or in pairs or trios to illustrate the concept of the movement. They then practice a warm-up exercise. Depending on the type of music, different types may be better suited for specific types of movement and may put students in a more in tune state. As the class approaches the start of the lesson, they may need extra time to warm up. During the warm-up phase, teachers should prepare the children by showing them some basic forms of dance.
In the Exploring the Concept section, students explore the concept of the dance through movement and self-space. They then explore rhythm concepts through movement in general space and in self-space. Instrument exploration is typically included in lessons for children ages 0-6 years, but older students may also enjoy this element. By practicing specific dance steps in relation to the dance concept, dancers develop their technical skills and learn the basics of how to apply them in performance.