How to teach … dance

Get toes tapping in the classroom and celebrate International Dance Day with our lessons plans and ideas

Albert Einstein was better known for his groundbreaking moves in physics than on the dancefloor, but he had respect for cutting a rug, claiming that “dancers are the athletes of God”. Since 1982, 29 April has been designated International Dance Day, with events taking place across the globe to encourage greater attention and respect for the art form.

And there are plenty of reasons to shimmy. With childhood obesity on the rise, it could add some much-needed activity and, for the adults, research suggests that shaking your stuff has the same effect on happiness as a £1,600 pay rise (take that, performance-related pay). So why not take the opportunity to teach your students about the benefits of busting a groove?

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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