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Props Sharing

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Written by Rebecca, Georgia and Jess.

The TRS Teachers gathered for a props sharing to discuss ideas for using props in the dance class with different age groups and in different settings. The sharing was a great success and not only did we all come away with lots of ideas, we also made some props together such as egg shakers and a giant scarf. 

During the the sharing we explored different ways to use the props we had made and thought of ways we could use these as a way to engage participants and to enhance the dance class.

“I love using props in a dance class because they always enhance the session and they can be used as a tool to engage the participants and develop creative moment. I use props in classes for all ages as they provide a visual stimuli and provide the participants with something fun and tactile. Props can be used to create music (such as the shakers) or encourage a participant to move in a certain way. Some examples of this may be to reach a bean bag as high as you can, move a scarf softly through the space or squeeze a ball to see how tightly you can grip it before passing it to your neighbour. I had a wonderful time at the props session and cannot wait to put the ideas in to practice.”
Georgia Smith (Adult Dance Co-ordinator, Level Two TRS Teacher and Active Armchairs Facilitator)

Jess is the newest member of the TRS Team and is absorbing all the ideas she can. She said…

I have recently started teaching in different environments and with different age groups. This has made me think about the way I can incorporate props into my classes. Not only can props extend the movement and can help tell a story, they can also help participants interact with each other and with me, as their teacher, creating new bonds and friendships within the group. The sharing gave lots of ideas for how to make props and use them in classes in different ways. Props never just have one use, with a little imagination a scarf can turn into anything.

The sharing provided lots of ideas of how to make props and use them in classes in different ways.
Plastic eggs to make egg shakers
Material to sew together and make bean bags
Hoops to add ribbons to and wave

We created a prop shopping list that included teacher’s favourite props. Some of them are the basics that every TRS Teacher needs! 
Feathers
Scarves 
Ribbons
Cotton Snowballs
Pom Poms
Ball Pit Balls
Dusters (A great first prop, 50p for a  pack of 100!)
Bubbles

At The Right Step we love to share great practice and this is what the sharings are about, but we found the props sharing was also very therapeutic. Conversation and craft in a relaxed atmosphere. As well as sharing days between the TRS Teachers we also share props and ideas on our Facebook page, usually on a Wednesday, so keep an eye out HERE

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Fortnite Fever

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Written by Georgie, franchise owner, TRS Teacher and Active Armchairs Facilitator.

Have you heard the ‘Hype’? Figured out the ‘Floss’? Or maybe you’ve just discovered the ‘Dab’? Are any of these words ringing a bell?

If, like me, you wondered what on earth a lot of the students in your classes are talking about then here’s a little insight into the world of ‘Fortnite’ (emphasis on the little!)

A few months ago, I heard of this brand new game coming out which a lot of people were excited for. I had no idea it would start coming up in almost every dance class I taught! The basics of the game is a little like Call of Duty (a shooting game), but friendlier and for younger audiences. For example, when I attempted to play, I was running around with a giant lollipop!

But I’m a dancer, not a gamer… so how does this relate to dance? Well apparently, there are these things called ‘emotes’ which are taunts that you can perform to another player if you beat them. This is supposed to tease the other player. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m just used to the old ‘ner, ner, ner’? Anyway, there are so many and almost all of them are some form of dance! I thought I’d give you the top 5 (and the most common ones I see) within the dance class, and who knows you could come across as a really cool dance teacher! I thought I’d give you a bit of comedy with my attempts alongside the originals for a giggle!

So we’ll start at number 5: ‘’Orange Justice”

This was created by a player of Fortnite who entered a competition to enter his dance as an emote for fortnite! I don’t think he was the overall winner but the makers liked it so much they decided to keep it! The ‘orange’ is simply because he was wearing orange in his video. It involves basically swinging your arms around whilst awkwardly bending your knees in odd angles (that’s the best way to describe it!) It’s easier to just take a look.

Number 4: The Floss

Also known as ‘Backpack Kid’, The Floss was created by said backpack kid in America. The idea is to swing your arms side to side (like you’re flossing) and wiggle you’re hips at the same time! Oh and don’t forget to have the complete blank expression while you do it!

Number 3: Hype

Hype is also called ‘Shoot Dance’ and comes from a music video from BlocBoy JB. This involves hopping up and down on one leg whilst pushing your arms forward by your side then changing to just one arm punching from the elbow. It’s better than it sounds!

Number 2: The Electro Shuffle

Much more dancey than the others, The Electro Shuffle involves the classic ‘shuffle’ that was created mainly for ‘rave’ music purposes in the 1980’s. This actually took longer than 30 seconds to learn!

Finally I had to finish with: Fresh!

The classic dance move for anyone around in the 90’s. Fresh comes from the show the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The cousin in the show ‘Carlton’ created this move and has become his signature move. It’s fun and free! Just enjoy yourself…. And don’t forget to stick on Tom Jones in the background!