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Get In the “Swing” of Things…Teach Dance!. Kate Cox Corte Madera School [email protected] History of Dance at CMS. Why and how we started our dance program Professional development. Session Objectives.

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Get in the swing of things teach dance

Get In the “Swing” of Things…Teach Dance!

Kate Cox

Corte Madera School

[email protected]

History of dance at cms
History of Dance at CMS

  • Why and how we started our dance program

  • Professional development

Session objectives
Session Objectives

  • Participants will leave with the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach swing dance when they return to school.

  • Participants will learn by doing.

  • Have fun!!!

Standards addressed
Standards Addressed

  • Meets standards in Physical Education, Dance and Performing Arts

    • Lifelong fitness and healthy living

    • Enjoyment

    • Self-expression

    • Social interaction

    • Challenge

    • Personal and social behavior and responsibility

    • Choreographic process

    • Rhythm

Who can teach dance
Who can teach dance?


    • Teachers with very little dance experience to professional dancers can have effective dance programs

    • Models risk taking

    • Your enthusiasm and energy is contagious amongst your students

Essential components for the 1st day of dance
Essential components for the 1st day of dance

  • Clear expectations

  • High expectations and standards for ALL

  • Everyone dances

  • Know the dance

  • Demonstrate finished product

    • Captures, motivates and inspires student learning

  • Identify potential pitfalls (problem students)

Pitfalls areas of concern
Pitfalls/Areas of Concern

  • Communication

    • Verbal

    • Non-verbal

      • Sweatshirts

      • Body language

        (ex. rolled eyes)

Teaching progression
Teaching Progression

  • Progression

    • Step 1

    • Step 1 + music

    • Step 2

    • Step 2 + music

    • Step 1 & 2 + music

    • Etc.

Stages of motor learning
Stages of Motor Learning

  • Verbal Cognitive Stage

    • Say it, Do it

    • Cues are very helpful when first learning a dance/skill

    • Visual learners appreciate having cues on the wall for reference

Teaching cues
Teaching Cues

  • One word or syllable per step

  • Starting cue for Swing

    • Rock step, ready, go

Choosing and rotating partners
Choosing and rotating partners

  • Everyone participates

  • Unequal numbers of men and women

    • Solo dancers

  • Rotate often to vary partners and include solo dancers

  • Stand in dance position in specified area

Teaching progression cont
Teaching Progression Cont.

  • Routine format

    • Helps build confidence and rhythm

    • Reduces anxiety

    • Takes pressure off leader

    • Teacher still provides instruction in how to lead and follow for each move

  • Freestyle

    • Once students master routine, then allow them to choose to dance freestyle

Program promotion
Program promotion

  • Get kids on board

  • Invite administrators, teachers and community members to observe

  • Culminating activity

    • Lunchtime Dance

  • Board presentation with student demonstration

Swing steps and cues
Swing Steps and Cues

  • Basic

    • Rock step, side, side

  • Fly-by

    • Rock step, fly, by

  • Single under

    • Rock step, fly, by

Swing steps and cues cont
Swing Steps and Cues (cont.)

  • Catch her

    • Rock step, catch, her

  • Push her

    • Rock step, push, her

Swing steps and cues cont1
Swing Steps and Cues (cont.)

  • He Goes

    • Rock step, he goes

  • She Goes

    • Rock step, she goes

  • London bridge

    • Rock step, London bridge

Swing steps and cues cont2
Swing Steps and Cues (cont.)

  • Pretzel

    • Rock step, Pret-zel

    • Rock step, belt buckle

    • Rock step, single under


  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra

    • Jump Jive an’ Wail

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    • Used for jump swing

    • Go Daddy O

Thanks for coming
Thanks for Coming!

  • Questions/Comments?

  • Kate Cox

  • [email protected]