Rebecca Ashton

Magic Moments

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Collated by Franchise Owner and TRS Teacher, Georgie.

Magic Moments – All Hands May 2020

This All Hands Meeting had a bit of a different take on magical moments, due to the current circumstances, but that didn’t stop the TRS teachers reflecting and sharing what they have found magical in the past few months…

Georgie:

Just before lock down happened, my last session. It was at Singlewell Primary. It wasn’t my usual class, I usually had year 4 but they couldn’t make it so I had year 6. I had to make up my plan on the spot and especially with that age group, as I knew I was going to be teaching them at some point, I wanted to really engage them. So, I used the idea of the recent app ‘TikTok’ which has lots of dances on there and got the students to teach me. It was a really nice, relaxed, fun session just before all of the schools closed and was a great way to finish work, temporarily after seeing all those smiles and laughs.

Lou:

I was doing my class on zoom, and a participant asked ‘where was she’. He didn’t quite understand how I’ve come into the room. It really showed me how far technology has come.

Shanice:

Doing my first remote Active Armchairs session online. It was so lovely to do and seeing them onscreen still joining in with me was really impressive. I had lots of fun and so did they.

Melissa:

Your (the TRS Teachers) online community is lovely, your WhatsApp group is just really wonderful and great to keep in contact with everyone.

Hayley:

My magic moment is involved more with coronavirus, I have been helping out my neighbour and having lots of chats with him. I’ve recently made him some scones. It’s really nice to get to know him.

Clare:

I haven’t taught for The Right Step for a whole term as I was one of the first ones to have my class cancelled, but I have enjoyed really getting to know my neighbours and we have all become a proper little community and we are all helping each other out.

Jess:

When I was at Hoo, one of the participants wasn’t able to do dance the following term and she was listing off a bunch of reasons why she loved dance so much and how she really wanted to stay. It was just so lovely to hear.

Jenny:

My magical, magical moment is finding The Right Step. You guys have really helped me get my passion back because I had lost it a bit. The community you have and being part of that has helped me, personally, creatively and passionately and I have really got my spark back. And I thoroughly enjoyed dancing in a field with Georgie!

Georgia:

I think the magic moment for me has been seeing The Right Step posts, from 10 years ago til now. Its just been really magical watching the changes that have been made.

Rebecca:

My magic moment has been seeing Gaia (my daughter) having dance classes with Jenny and Clare. Its been wonderful to watch how much she’s enjoyed doing her dance sessions with you both.

 

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Pom Pom Making

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Written by Georgie, South Kent Franchise Owner, TRS Teacher and Active Armchairs Facilitator

We use pom poms in our lessons all the time. From cheer dance classes to Active Armchairs, these props are a favourite for all.

You can make your own quite easily, and here’s how…

Here’s what you need:

Cardboard
Scissors
Wool (any colour you like)

First cut 2 circles from cardboard. Make sure they are the same size, but the size is up to you!

 

 

Then from each circle, cut out an inner circle so that you have a type of thick hoop shape. 

 

 

 

Place both pieces of cardboard together, making sure the circles both on the outside and inside match up.

 

 

From there, get the wool and start wrapping it around the cardboard. Use a small knot at one point, put the wool through the centre circle, out and around the outside edge repeatedly, do this all the way around the hoop and keep going until you have filled the hole in the middle.

 

 

 

Once your pompom is full, using scissors, cut the wool all the way around the edge. Your pom pom must be full or the wool will fall out at this point. This should allow you to see the two pieces of cardboard in the centre.

 

 

Wrap an additional piece of wool between the two pieces of cardboard, pull it tight and tie a knot, making sure that the wool has come together in the middle securely. This holds your pom pom together and you can leave a trail of this piece of wool if you want to. Remove the cardboard and…

…you will have your own fluffy pompom!

Let us know if you give it a go! Here is a photo of TRS Teacher, Hayley’s dog, posing beautifully next to the pom poms she made! 

 

 

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Jess in the Office

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Written by Jess Smith, Volunteer Office Assistant and TRS Teacher who was voted TRS Teacher of the Year 2019 by fellow TRS Teachers. 

At TRS we believe that volunteering should support the artist’s career and not be free labour.

I started volunteering in the office because I was debating to start a franchise and wanted to find out more about working in the self-employed office. I wanted to learn about invoicing, communication with organisations, filing and the general upkeep of a dance business. I feel I have learnt this while volunteering, and this could not have been done without the help and advice from Rebecca, Georgie and Georgia. All three of these lovely TRS office staff have informed me of details I needed to know, corrected me when tasks needed to be improved and guided me through my journey. I have been in the office since September 2019 and working in this environment with these lovely people has helped me make my decision to start my franchise. Thank you to all three of you. 

Whist working in the office I have learnt how to properly file when you’re self-employed. I did not have knowledge of working in a self-employed environment. I have learnt the intensive filing system behind being self-employed and the importance of keeping track of everything. I am still quite new to the system and was unsure on what I needed to do, being here amongst others who are already self-employed really helped me understand the system.

I have also learnt how to create invoices for businesses, ensuring the information is correct and concise. I have learnt to double/triple check all details whether entering information in to the company database or creating invoices.

I learnt how a dance business is run, how to have proper communication with other businesses and I learnt about invoices. I have understood more about how I can help the business in different ways, for example volunteering, offering help with general office tasks and providing support to teachers.

As a result of working in the office, I have gained more regular work and cover work. As communication occurs within the office, it is easy to identify a problem and sort a solution, occasionally the solution is to offer my time. I have offered solutions that may not benefit me but will benefit the company, for example offering to travel further to a new class and giving up my regular class as it may attract more teachers if it is within easy access.

In the TRS office we are talkative. We do love a good gossip. As we’re all dancers/teachers, we’re good at multitasking. It is very often we’re all chatting away while not looking at each other, working. We are all supportive and help to guide each other through difficult situations and offer advice and guidance, whether it be a home or work situation. We each have each other for support and that is what makes this a good office team.

My favourite thing about working in the TRS office is working with people who feel like my second family. The Right Step have the family feel where everyone wants to help each other, we all give positive vibes to each other whether it is with dance or non-dance related topics within our group chats, and we all try to meet up when we can, whether it be a sharing day or a meal out.

My least favourite thing about working in the TRS office is not being able to use multicolours when doing office things, I love making my writing vibrant and colourful. Since working in the office, I have learnt that not everyone likes multicolours on documents.

I would not be where I am today without the TRS office staff. Thank you for everything.

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What Inspired Me?

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This year is the 10th Anniversary of The Right Step. I’m so excited to celebrate this and we have lots of things planned, everyone in the office has a different focus! Georgie is in charge of the blog and social media elements and she’s asked me to write something about why and how I started The Right Step.

The answer is… By accident!

I moved to Kent from Surrey where I’d experienced a lot of community dance and companies and individuals working together to make dance happen. It was a very inspiring place to be and, working with people such as Rachel Deadman of The Dance Movement and Jo Planinshek on projects such

as Homegrown, a community dance platform, in dance admin and within dance lessons, definitely installed my passion for this type of work.

When I moved to Kent I quickly discovered there was less going on and, if I wanted to keep going in the industry, I needed to create work for myself. I contacted schools and built things up slowly. This is when everything snowballed… there was a lot of interest in the dance lessons and I couldn’t do it myself.

 

I couldn’t do it alone and in 2009/10 I gratefully received a lot of help. The three main sources of support were…

– My now husband thought of the company name and has always been supportive along the way.

– The Prince’s Trust supported me with a loan and a mentor, Ian Goodwin, and I truly believe that without him I wouldn’t have succeeded. He taught me so much and I still use most of the processes he introduced me to now. Ian, I still do my own finance/ cashflow spreadsheets and always will!

– Nina Atkinson of Loop Dance Company was my mentor via the Mentor Bank Programme. She mentored me as an artist and, as many of the people I work with will agree, Nina is an inspiring, kind and passionate person who makes you believe in yourself.

Over the years TRS has developed with the dance teachers at it’s heart and with my mad ideas running along with it. We not only run the dance clubs that started it all, but there’s also Active Armchairs, Educating Dance, TRS Tots, TRS Training and TRS Franchise. Only Active Armchairs is mentioned on the original business plan I wrote for The Prince’s Trust 10 years ago. It just shows how everything has evolved organically.

The original company aims still stand though. I think in ten years I’ve only changed the wording of one or two very slightly!

It’s difficult to say why and how I started The Right Step in a succinct way so thank you for the challenge Georgie! Here is my attempt, but there is a lot more to the story!

Picture: Steve Crispe FM3417204

Why

1. I love sharing dance with other people.
2. There was a gap in the market and it needed to be filled.
3. Someone believed in me and said I could.
4. I believe working together is better than working alone. Together we can do more than any one individual.
5. It turns out that I really enjoy business… filling out forms, making things happen, writing policies etc. Some people think this is strange, I feel like I’m playing office!

How

1. With help and support
2. With determination and stubbornness
3. By undertaking a lot of research
4. With constant development
5. With something else, I’m not sure what. Maybe luck, accidentally doing the right thing, I’m not sure, but definitely something along those lines!

Over all, when I think about The Right Step, it’s a wonderful team spreading out to deliver dance in usual and unexpected places. It’s my passion and I hope we’ll be going strong for another 10 years. 

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Recycle, Re-use and Revive

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Written by Georgie and Alice

We have a talented team of dancers here at TRS but they are also very creative in other ways!

Alice, who has been a TRS teacher for a few years now shared this lovely way to recycle and reuse something that a lot of us have already in our own homes.

Alice’s TRS t-shirt was looking a bit old, but instead of throwing it out, she transformed it into a very useful bag for her props! And it’s so easy to do, here’s how!

How to Make a bag from a T-shirt!

Step One:

Find an old T-shirt

Step 2:

Turn it inside out

Step 3:

Cut off the ‘sleeves’ and a create a bigger neck line by cutting out the neck.

Step 4:

Sew around the bottom. (*additional option: to tidy up all the edges, fold them over and sew along the seams.)

Step 5:

Turn the right way around again.

And there you have it! A new bag to store props, dance shoes, or even your groceries!

You can revive any old t shirt. I know I have lots of old dance T-shirts that I still have lying away in a cupboard somewhere. We are loving this idea at TRS and we hope you do too!

 

 

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Everybody Moving – Art

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Art has become a key part of everyone’s day whilst socially isolated at home. It is great for well being and learning. It is very therapeutic. Although dance is an art form in it’s own right, the TRS Teachers have thought of some ideas for how dance and art can be brought together. 

As always, please adapt the ideas to suit yourself and the people you’re with. The ideas are great at any age, for any ability, but always need adapting to make them the best they can be for each individual. Don’t forget to warm up sufficiently before dancing too!

Paint a Body…

This can be done with the whole body of parts of it. If you’re using the whole body, you need to find a big piece of paper such as rolled paper or unfolded boxes. Draw around the body or body part whilst it does a dance move or interesting gesture. This is a great way to learn about body parts. You could try codified dance steps such as a plie lying down or against the wall. You could do a sequence of three gestures to tell a story like in Kathak. Once you have the shape drawn, decorate it in some way with paint, pens, pencil, chalk, any medium you like!

… Or Send a Hug 

This is a really nice extra thing that could lead to a chat about feelings, very important at the moment. Instead of drawing round a dance move, draw around the top part of the body, with arms outstretched as though about to give a hug. Cut out, decorate and post to some one you would like to hug.

 

Foot Print Painting

Make your art floor… get a big bit of paper, join some paper together, open a cardboard box, use a paper tablecloth, lay down some opened and flattened bin bags, newspapers etc.

Once you have a suitable floor, put some random blobs of paint on it, turn the music on and dance through the paint! You could improvise or do a dance you’ve already learnt or have choreographed. You could use one of our videos if you want. After the dance you can see your pathway (that’s what we call the path taken through the dance). Is it varied? On the spot? Do you use all the space or only a little bit? What a great way to see if you’ve made a good use of the space.

An adaption for those who can’t walk. Ask someone to put the paint and paper under your feet. It feels amazing to have paint under your toes and you can still see what pathways your feet take during a dance.

Masks

Make a mask that turns the wearer into something different then move like that character. Animal masks work really well, but you can also try things like Zoro, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger or Lady Gaga (in the photo). You could make up characters as well. 

 


Paint what you find

On your next exercise walk, or in the garden, search for some unusual things to paint! If you’re doing this with children you can describe how you’re searching in different ways (high, reaching or stretching etc) to help develop their vocabulary. Once you’ve found the things you need to paint them and display them in whatever way you feel. This could be a bright, colourful display for a care home.

Croquis

Croquis is a French art form where the model moves and the artist sketches quickly. We held some Croquis events with artists Richard Jefferies and Marissa Mardon in 2014.

You could hold your own event and adapt it in your own way. For ours we had a dancer in the centre of the room and the artists, using whatever medium they wanted, around the edge. There was a different theme each week and the artists drew what they saw. Sometimes drawing the body, sometimes the movement, sometimes the space in between.

Use your imagination to make it interesting. Find out more and get ideas from our Croquis blog posts… https://www.therightstepdc.co.uk/category/croquis-events/ 

Click HERE for our Croquis Pinterest Board. 

Chalking Outside or In

Grab some chalk, whatever you have, but the bigger and chunkier the better. If you’re heading outside you can chalk on so many services. If you’re inside chalk works well on black paper, card board boxes or normal black boards. Some music playing in the background could provide to some interesting inspiration too.


Turn the Music Up

This goes back to our first Everybody Moving blog post, but with a difference… Paint with the music turned up and see how it affects your mood. You could try specific pieces of music. TRS Teacher, Jenny put The Gruffalo soundtrack on for her children whilst they painted these with brushes and straws (blowing the paint).

Body Part Challenge

Have you ever painted with your elbow or knee!? Why not give it a go!?

Dance in The Sand

Like a zen garden, but with dance. Such a fantastic sensory idea. You can do this in a large sand pit with your whole body, put a box or tray of sand on the floor under your feet whilst seated or have a tray of sand in front of you for just your hands. Cat litter trays and tea trays with high handles make good mini sandpits. Put the music on and see where it takes you. Make patterns whilst dancing and see what happens.

We also have a Pinterest board that links art and dance. Take a look here… https://www.pinterest.co.uk/therightstep/art-and-dancing/

For more Everybody Moving ideas to keep you moving throughout the day please see our other blogs and videos…

Everybody Moving

Everybody Moving – Care Homes

Everybody Moving – Families at Home

Everybody Moving – Videos

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Everybody Moving – Easter

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It’s almost Easter weekend and there are a lot of things we would usually be doing, but can’t. Let’s find some new, active traditions to get us moving and learning throughout the day. 

As always, please adapt the ideas to suit you and the people you’re with. Many of our photos are of the children the TRS Teachers are with at home, but the ideas are great for adults, including care home residents, too. 

Hunts With a Difference

Hunts don’t have to be saved until Easter day and they don’t have to involve chocolate. You can hunt for other things and link it to learning too. 

 
Phonics Egg Hunt

The child writes the new words/sounds they’ve learnt on cardboard egg shapes, the adult hides them and the child finds them. You can adapt this for the child’s phonic stage, perhaps using common exception words (used to be known as tricky words), the spelling words for their year group or putting sections of words on different eggs and asking the child to make words when they find them. 

Number Hunt

Print some bunny rabbits and number them. Hide them in the garden. The child has to find them, count them and sequence them. They could re-hide them in order for you too. Maybe the bunnies have to line up in order so they can come back inside too.

You now have 10 or 20 little bunnies that can be used for all sorts of number learning. Older children could make number bonds to 10 (adding up to 10). You could extend that to make number bonds to 100 by using multiples of 10 on the bunnies. 

Inside Hunt

You can visibly hide things so that they can be found from a wheelchair or walker. Or you can make it a bit harder. Adapt to your group. You could hide printed things or cardboard eggs that have been decorated by residents. 

Dance Hunt

Every time you find an egg you make up a dance move and add it to the last, a bit like ‘what’s in the supermarket van’. By the end of the hunt you’ll have a whole motif (sequence of movement). You could combine the Dance Hunt with any of the ideas above.  

 

Chance Dance Egg

Draw a giant egg on an outside floor, divide it into segments and write dance moves in the segments. If you’re inside you could do this on a big piece or multiple pieces of paper too.

Throw a dice, ball, beanbag or other object and do the movement it lands on. You can put them together to make a motif (sequence of movement). 

 

Egg and Spoon

This idea was used by Active Armchairs Facilitator, Steph, to encourage partnerships and team work. Plastic eggs are essential unless you want to turn this into a very messy game! 

Whilst seated or standing still, pass the egg from spoon to spoon, person to person. See how many times you can make it around the circle or how many eggs you can have going around at once.

You could also try a traditional egg and spoon race or the not so traditional race of passing the eggs over the head and through the legs to get to the end of the line. You need a large household for that though! 

Make Egg Shakers

For anyone of course, but if you’re going to be holding one of our Remote Live Lessons over the coming weeks, these would be a great prop to have! You can get plastic egg shapes from Poundland, usually. There are places online too though. Try Baker Ross. Fill them with whatever dried things such as rice, lentils or beans you have available or include bells and other things that shake well. Tape them up with normal tape followed by pretty washie tape and, if needed at a bit of extra tape to cover the hole. An excellent prop to join your collection. Check out our Everybody Moving – Props Blog for ideas of props you probably already have at home. 

Dance Around The Kitchen 

Turn the music up loud whilst cooking something from the list…
Easter nests
Chocolate Eggs 
Slow cooker Easter fudge
Easter cupcakes with icing nests on top
Chocolate Bark

TRS Teacher Lou made some Chocolate eggs!

 

 

 

Bunny Feet

Make or buy some bunny footprints. Lay them in a pattern and jump or hop from foot to foot. This is a great way to teach young children how to jump. For older children you can set challenges such as do it on one foot or go backwards. You could also have a prize for the best bunny impression so think about those whiskered noses, paws and ears! 

 

 

Lots of Easter themed keep moving ideas there! If you would like to see more of our Everybody Moving Ideas you can read our other blogs. Perhaps you could adapt some of those ideas to make them Easter themed? Here are the links…

Everybody Moving

Mini Challenges

Dance The Tale

Magic Spells

Everybody Moving – In Care Homes

Everybody Moving – Families at Home

Everybody Moving – Props

Please keep in touch, we love to hear about what you’ve been up to. #EverybodyMoving 

 

 

 

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Look After Yourself

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Written by Director of TRS SK, Georgie for the TRS Teachers and anyone else who is finding it hard at the moment. 

 

In these crazy uncertain times, we can forget one of the most important things… ourselves! Whether you’re a nurse, a carer, an activities coordinator, a teacher, a stay at home parent (who has now had to try and home school) or, like us, a freelancer. You need to make sure you are looking after YOU!

Everyone is juggling with things they aren’t used to, and that’s ok. You can make mistakes, you may even embrace these extras, but I wanted to help you make sure that you take care of yourself. Because at the end of the day, you need looking after, just like everyone else.

I’ve got together some ideas for you to try, they are simple for a reason. They won’t take much time out of your day, but you do need to allocate yourself some ‘you time’. Even if it’s 15 minutes at the end of the day. I guarantee you will feel the benefits of it straight away. The reason I know… I am in the same boat as you too. I started off in a panic, I was working ridiculous hours, racking my brain with all these worst-case scenarios and what will I do? All whilst bringing up my 8-month-old, and I did not give myself ANY time, and I started to burn out a lot quicker than usual!

This is why I wanted to do this, if I can help some people then that will be mission accomplished. If I help loads, even better! So here are my top ‘you time’ ideas:

  1. Read

I have always loved reading. However, I’ve struggled to find the time, and believe it or not, motivation, to do so. No matter what it is you prefer, whether it’s a fantasy world to get stuck into or a self-help book to help you find your way more. There are so many out there, and a tip from me… Reading before bed really allows you to relax your mind and take away all those thoughts that may go running around your head usually.

  1. Movie time

Yes, there are lots of people having to try schooling from home. But I have seen a lot of teachers say ‘don’t worry too much!’ and they’re right. Get the family together, or even on your own and like above get lost in a movie. Especially one you haven’t seen before. Put your PJ’s on, grab some snacks and literally relax on the sofa all snuggled up.

  1. Sing

That’s right. You don’t have to be the next Adele but singing really helps you to relax and loosen up. Put on your favourite record and sing your heart out!

  1. Dance

Now, being a dancer, this one was bound to come up. As above, turn the music on whether that be some 80’s pop or a slow bit of Enya. Just put the music on, close your eyes and move how your body feels. Let it lead you!

Remember when you were young and you would go to your room, put your favourite music on and sing and dance your heart out?! Why do we stop doing that! It’s a great way just to release ourselves and let go… trust me, give it a try!

  1. Draw / Colour

I’ll admit, I have never been great at art (my brother definitely got all of the talent there!) BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. Especially colouring / painting by numbers. There’s something wonderful about seeing a black and white piece of paper come to life. I’ve especially loved painting with my little one. Just exploring the colours and honestly, making a mess! There are so many colouring sheets available and it is unbelievably relaxing. You can also do these on your phone, but try to get away from the screen for a little while.

  1. Breathe

Yep, I literally mean it. Take 5 minutes out of your day. Find a spot away from everyone (and the weather has been lovely recently so even go in the garden) and just close your eyes, sit and breathe. This can be done at any time, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed. It will reset you and you will feel ready for the rest of the day.

  1. Cook

I’ll be honest, this one isn’t for me BUT there are so many relaxing qualities to just letting loose in the kitchen and cooking up your favourite meal. Or learn a new recipe. Perhaps you’re really good at cooking but haven’t tried baking? Bake yourself your favourite cake… perfect movie snack right there!

  1. Self care

Now all of this is self care, but here particularly I am talking about your body. Give yourself a facial, hair mask or even a manicure and yes this is for men too! Just as relaxing for everyone. Even a couple of cucumbers on the eyes for 5 minutes while you relax will help you feeling fresh.

  1. Learn something new

Whether that be a new language, a course you’ve been wanting to do for a while or maybe even knitting. This will really give you that ‘you time’ you need. Again allocate yourself time to do this. You never know, you may even find your new niche!

  1. Write

Coincidentally I am finishing with writing. Just pick up a pen (or on your phone/laptop) and write away. There doesn’t need to be a theme. You don’t need to write a story, although you can do! But especially at the moment writing has really helped to clear my mind. Get different subjects out of my head but relax me and I can easily get lost just writing and writing.

 

So, there you have it. A few ideas for you to make sure you start looking after yourself. And remember, no storm lasts forever.

 

If you would like to read more a little bit like this, our Stress Free Freelancer blogs were aimed at freelancers and their health and wellbeing. 
https://www.therightstepdc.co.uk/tag/stress-free-freelancer/ 

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Everybody Moving – Props

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Props are very important in our lessons and the TRS Teachers have lots of different things they can use. We even have the TRS Library Service where we share props so that there’s always something new and our lessons are always interesting!

Props are a great addition or inspiration for dance and movement play and there are things you can use that aren’t specific to dance.

If you’re a family at home you might be lucky enough to have some sensory play things to use or have props such as scarves, pom poms or ribbon sticks, but not everyone has these things so here are some ideas for everyday objects you can dance with.

The picture is of Steph’s prop collection. Steph works with people of all ages so there’s something for everyone! 

Dusters

Colourful and cheap, but make sure they’re clean! You could dance to ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ or songs about sunshine because they’re bright and colourful.

Hair ribbons

We use ribbons all the time for lots of different things. Orange and black for Halloween, Blues and silvers for a Frozen or sea theme, Multi coloured for flying kites with Mary Poppins. Hair ribbons work just as well, in fact, the ribbon we use could just have easily have ended up as hair ribbons. We also have ribbon sticks, large and small. Why not find some straight sticks in the garden or get some dowel from the shed if you can. Tie the ribbons on and you can do so much with them.

Socks

Odds, pairs or lots tied together, these could be an alternative to pom poms or even a fun prop on their own. 

Torches

Something for the evening when no natural light’s coming in. You can either give everyone a torch or take turns. Turn the lights out, put some inspiring music on and dance in the dark with the torches. You can also try shadow puppets, explained in the first Everybody Moving blog

Pom poms

Not the cheer dance pom poms we have, you can make these from cardboard and wool. There are lots of instructions online so find out how to make them, use whatever wool you have an dance with them. Leave a long length of string on to hold or use them like balls. TRS Teacher, Hayley has been making pom poms, her dog has been enjoying them too!

Tea Towels

A great alternative to scarves. Check with the person in charge of the kitchen first though! 

Wooden spoons

You can use these as rhythm sticks, tapping them together like Morris Dancers. 

Poufe

An alternative to a Pilates/gym ball. It could also be a mini stage if you have a suitable poufe and a small dance!

Dining Room Chairs

An alternative to a ballet barre. Some of the TRS Teachers have been delivering online ballet lessons and dining room chairs have become essential equipment!

Thank you to TRS Teacher, Clare, for sharing her photo of an online Bridge Academy Ballet Lesson.

 

Tights

Any tights so long as you have permission from the owner! They will end up stretched and out of shape. They can have holes in them, that doesn’t matter. You can use them like you might use a giant elastic in a circle, stretch them across the room to create a web or each hold two different pairs, have someone tangle them a bit and do a dance. They look fantastic as they move! The photo is of the spider web at Little Court for Halloween!

Pillow Cases 

Pillow cases could be used like scarves or you could put your arms inside and experiment with how they move. You could also sit down and put your legs into the pillow case and see how you can move. If you’ve got a big, safe space, you could sit in the pillow case and slide around the room on your bottom or tummy being caterpillars, worms or cars! 

Brooms and Mops

Be careful with these, but they do make fun props! Pretend microphones or dance partners or as walking sticks or umbrellas to use like in old musicals. 

Mop heads

The top of your mop can be a pom pom! 

Sponges

They feel similar to our fake snowballs and could be used in the same way. They squish well and then bounce back. They could be stepping stones, balls or for balancing. 

Material

We use all sorts of different types of material in our lessons. From Liquid Gold to stretchy lycra, a bit of material makes a great prop. You can use whatever you have. Maybe blankets or the big scarves that open up wide. You could use them like parachutes, as props to wave as a group, for games like keep the balls on or for many other things depending on the material. Be inspired by it!

 

We’d love to hear about the props you’ve found. Please share them with us using #EverybodyMoving

For more ideas, see our other blogs…

Everybody Moving

Everybody Moving – Care Homes

Everybody Moving – Families at Home

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Everybody Moving – Families at Home

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With so many families stuck at home we thought we’d share ideas about how you can do movement activities throughout the day. Parents are doing a fantastic job home schooling and brain breaks are really important when learning. Also, young children learn really well whilst moving, just see our Educating Dance blogs to find out more.

Many children, and adults, are doing morning PE (us included!). This blog isn’t really designed for that, we will share some excellent PE session links soon though. This blog is about little moments of activity throughout the day for fun and for bonding.

A Little Boogie

Some of the TRS Teachers have been filming themselves dancing our participant’s favourites. Georgie has filmed I Love Rock and Roll to start with and there will be others soon. Participants from some of her dance clubs will recognise them so maybe they could teach the people they live with!

You can find the videos on our Youtube channel, therightstepdc and we have created a playlist called Everybody Moving or click on this link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=381I6FzN7N8&list=PLVZOGYX_NfRnJ7BIb7zLlu6AkxihRbulB

Have a flick through to see what you can find. 

Paint a Dance

get a piece of paper, any size, and drop some random blobs of paint on it in lots of different colours. Play some inspirational music and let your body dance to move the blobs. This could be done with fingers and hands, feet or a paint brush! Maybe you could do a huge table sized family one?

Follow The Leader

Play some music and follow the leader. Everyone in the household has to copy the leader exactly. This could be a great way to sneakily get some chores done. You could use props too. We’ll be getting a list of props we have at home out soon!

Disco Dress Up

Find sparkly clothes, accessories and wigs. Use whatever you can find. Put the disco music on, turn it up and have a family disco!

Trigger Word

This one gives the adults some power! Think of a trigger word and choose a movement such as an octopus wiggle or freeze shape such as a star (arms and legs out). Whenever the trigger word is shouted throughout the day, the children have to do the movement or freeze shape. You could also do a run to the nearest wall when the trigger word is shouted.

Air Guitar

Put on some classic rock and air guitar your hearts out.

Make a Shape

Choose a shape announcer or take turns. Say a shape and see how you can make that shape with your body. Try using your whole body, not just your hands. We’d love to see them so please share your ideas.

Material Fun

You need a quite a large piece of material that you can hold onto such as a single bed sheet or large towel and a small ball, or a few balls. Each hold a bit of the material, put the balls on and see if you can keep them there. Balfour Infants School demonstrate in the photo.

Adapt an Action Song

Choose a fun action song like the Cha cha slide or YMCA. The challenge is to change some of the movements to make your family’s own actions!

Dance Game

Not strictly all about moving, but a really fun idea. Older children could design a dance board game for the family to do. Forfeits must be dance related. Our mini challenges blog might be inspiring. 

Just a few ideas. We will add more so keep an eye out. You can also read more on our other blog posts.

Everybody Moving

Everybody Moving – Care Homes

Everybody Moving – Props

 

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