I’ve been working with Year 2 at Balfour Infants School for two years now and I’ve seen them transform from a timid Year 1 to fantastic dancers in Year 2.
I remember the first session in year 1. The girls all got their socks muddled up because the patterns were so similar. It didn’t take them long to get into the dance routine though and by the third week they were prancing about making up dances.
Over the two years we’ve used themes such as Ice, Magical Creatures, Aliens (a very popular Dr Who based theme!) and Carnival. The dancers have learnt choreography and choreographed so many of their own dances too.
In one of the very first classes we used a giant elastic for warm up and they were enjoying it so much that I took some photos. The photo to the right is one of the first photos I ever took of this group!
The end of year performance is a chance for Year 2 to show bits of their favourite dances. I let them choose and then mix the music together to create a very long piece. We then work together to remember the dances, because some were a very long time ago by this point, and create transitions to make sure the different themes flow together smoothly.
This year both Year 1 and 2 also worked with another TRS Teacher, Katie in term 6. They had learnt the chorus to the Frozen dance with me and then Katie helped them choreograph the verses. As Year 1 had worked so well they were invited to join in with the performance as well. The photo to the left is the ‘Let It Go’ bit of the chorus!
I’d like to congratulate all the dancers for their fantastic performance. They worked so hard and deserved the big round of applause they received at the end of the dance! Really well done to them all. I hope to see the Year 2s at Balfour Junior’s Dance Club when they move up. I like to go and visit, see how they’re getting on with Alix!
Below is a photo of me with the dancers after their first performance and below that is a video of the dance they did. Enjoy!