The TRS Teachers are stuck inside and our participants are too. We miss dancing with everyone so we’ve decided to share some ideas for how to keep dancing through the day.
This is a series of blog posts and there will be more content to follow. You can also keep an eye out for other things we’ve shared before, such as the ‘Props Spring Clean’, ideas that will be useful for cleaning lots of different things. This is the first post and it will be followed by ideas for older adults in care homes and another for families at home.
Why is this important?
The Government guidance is that everyone should exercise everyday. 0-5 year olds should be active for at least 3 hours a day, 60 minutes for 5 – 18 year olds and 75 – 150 minutes a week for adults and older adults. This is much harder when we’re all stuck inside together!
It’s not just the higher intensity activity that’s the problem though. We also need to avoid sedentary behaviour, or at least break it up with movement. This is where our blogs will help most.
As most people are stuck inside our mental health is suffering and we need to do all we can to help ourselves. Exercise is an excellent way to do this and dance has other elements that make it even more beneficial such as music and socialising.
By releasing endorphins throughout the day you can keep yourself happier.
How Can We Do That?
Here are a couple of general ideas to get you going. We will share more as we think of them and will also have some blogs that are a bit more specific like our blog for people in care homes and for families at home.
We have written some separate posts about these three exciting ideas. Just click on the link and it will open in a new tab.
Pick one or have a tournament. These adaptable ideas will mostly work at any age, for any ability.
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Something inspired by our love of books! Also at any age, for any ability, this one just requires a favourite story. We’ve given some examples to get your started.
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A fan or Harry Potter or other magical adventures? This one is for you!
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Use Social Media
Some of our dance teachers have been filming themselves doing your favourite dances and exercises from TRS lessons. Find them on our YouTube Channel and copy them.
If you know the dance from one of our lessons why not help someone you’re with learn it too?
There are also a huge number of other people who have classes on YouTube. Have a good search through. The team and their families have been enjoying Andy’s Wild Workouts, PE with Joe Wicks and play dough gym.
Lots of the TRS Teachers also work for other dance companies or have their own dance schools. They have been working hard to move their lessons online and you can now join in with them! Keep an eye on on Facebook for Bridge Academy (Clare’s ballet lessons), Make It Groovy (Jenny’s craft, story and dance lessons for young children), AMG Dance (a selection of dance for children and Dancercise for adults with Alix and her team) and Dance Vibes (Clubbercise and other exercise lessons for adults with Shanice).
Turn the Music up
An idea from Andrea Barker, Confidence Coach, who did some training with us a while ago. Turn up the music and have a dance, wiggle, silly time! Choose some music you can’t help, but move to. It really works and is so uplifting! You could try ABBA, Phil Collins, Disney Singalong, Queen, 70s Disco songs, Happy by Pharell, Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake or Sing a longs like Daisy Daisy and Lambeth Walk. TRS Director, Rebecca and her daughter, Gaia demonstrate in the TRS Office.
When the TV says…
The basics of this game might be familiar to some!
Allocate different movements to words. For example ‘Hello’ is a star jump, ‘Yes’ is air punch etc. When someone on the television says ‘hello’, everyone has to do a star jump.
You could also put a hat on the corner of the screen and do a move everytime someone wears it!
Bubble wrap pop
If you happen to have some bubble wrap, lay it on the floor or table, turn the music up and pop, pop, pop in as many different ways as you can.
For adults in care homes this is great for fine motor skills. For families, this will probably lead to some larger movements such as rolling and stamping.
Skiffle is a music genre from the US in the 1920s. Musicians used cobbled together instruments, some manufactured and some home made, to perform jazz, blues and folk music. It also involved a lot of dance.
For this, everyone needs some sort of made up instrument. They used to use wash boards! Use your imagination, this can be fun in itself. Then you just have a jam and enjoy the noise!
For young children, as Harleigh demonstrates in the photo, this is just sensory play. For older children, young people and adults this could lead to a performance of a piece if you’re clever!
This can be done with hands only, actual puppets or anything else! You need a shadow wall which is reasonably plain and flat. You could do this in the evening when the natural light goes away. Turn the lights off and hold a torch behind the person being or holding the puppet. Admire the movements they create and the story they tell!
Now that you have some initial ideas, choose your favourites and give them a go.
If you’re home schooling, schedule the ideas in for brain breaks, as part of PE time or as just for fun things to do as a family.
Next, try our other Everybody Moving blog posts for more ides and keep an eye out on our social media for more ideas, challenges and videos.