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Complete Guide to Primary Dance With Web Resource

Complete Guide to Primary Dance With Web Resource

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    If you think you lack the necessary training for teaching dance in the primary classroom and are searching for resources to support teaching and learning, look no further. Through Complete Guide to Primary Dance, you’ll gain the insight, expertise and confidence to teach dance to children from reception to year 6.

    Regardless of your experience, this book and accompanying web resource will enable you to plan and deliver age-appropriate learning experiences for your children. Complete Guide to Primary Dance offers
    • a wealth of practical and creative ideas that you can use in your teaching, whether you are new to teaching, have little dance experience or are a dance specialist;
    • a scheme of 22 units of work for teaching children from reception to year 6; and
    • a companion web resource that includes a bank of photos, video clips, warm-ups and written resources to assist you in your teaching.

    You can download and print the photographs from the web resource to demonstrate and inspire good practice. The video clips show progression in learning through bite-sized steps that will help you guide the children to create and perform dances in real time.
    In addition, you can view two complete class dances and a number of dance phrases on the video clips to use with your classes. These photographs and clips supplement the written resources on the web, which include stories, a poem, word banks, warm ups and complete units of work along with a template that can be used for designing your own unit of work.

    Complete Guide to Primary Dance draws on and is complementary to the National Dance Teachers Association partnerships with Youth Dance England, Dance UK, the Association for Physical Education and Youth Sports Trust. Teaching points are aligned with each task, helping you to know what to look for, what to emphasise, how to develop the movement material and how to challenge the children appropriately.

    Written by Lyn Paine, a highly regarded teacher trainer and author of many dance resources, Complete Guide to Primary Dance is the definitive dance resource that is based on current best practices in schools. In addition to dance subject knowledge for teaching, you’ll find the chapters on managing learning and assessing most helpful. Together, this book and web resource present a clear vision for dance education and its potential to develop children and young people’s well-being and enhance their lives.


    Teaching guide for primary school teachers and teaching assistants in the UK. Reference for dance coaches.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book and Web Resource

    Chapter 1. Why Dance?
    What Is Dance and What Makes It Unique?
    Benefits of Dance
    Key Skills
    Dance and Culture
    Inclusive Practice
    Dance Beyond the Classroom
    Dance in the Curriculum
    High-Quality Dance Outcomes

    Chapter 2. The Dance Model
    Brief History of Dance in Education
    Integrated Approach to Performance, Composition and Appreciation

    Chapter 3. Ingredients of Dance
    Actions (What the Body Does)
    Dynamics (How the Body Moves)
    Space (Where the Body Moves)
    Relationships (How We Dance With Others)

    Chapter 4. From Ideas to Dances
    Planning the Dance Experience
    Planning for Progression
    Teaching and Learning Strategies
    Types of Dance
    Styles of Dance
    Choreographic Knowledge for the Teacher

    Chapter 5. Warming Up, Cooling Down, and Safe Practice
    Warming Up
    Cooling Down
    Safe Practice

    Chapter 6. Managing the Learning
    Establishing an Ethos
    Managing Behaviour
    Establishing Routines
    Managing the Space
    Pace and Momentum
    Dance Space
    Role of the Adult
    Inclusive Practice

    Chapter 7. Assessing Dance
    Assessment for Learning (Formative Assessment)
    Summative Assessment
    How Do Children Develop in Dance?
    Expectations for Dance

    Chapter 8. Dance and the Curriculum
    Creative Curriculum
    Dance and Literacy
    Dance and Numeracy
    Dance and Science
    Dance and Physical Education
    Dance and the Arts
    Dance and Humanities
    Dance and Information Technology
    Dance, Design and Technology

    Chapter 9. Resources for Dance
    Music for Dance
    Professional Dance
    Professional Dance Artists

    Recommended Reading
    About the NDTA
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Lyn Paine is an experienced teacher trainer who has taught dance to all ages and has led training for the National Dance Teachers Association and AQA awarding body. Lyn has written several dance resources and also many dance programmes for BBC Education. She has directed schools’ dance performances at the Bournemouth International Centre and Royal Albert Hall. She also has worked on many other inspiring cross-arts and cross-cultural projects for children.

    National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) is the only association whose sole remit is dance in education. It is a registered charity and limited company by guarantee and is a membership organisation representing dance teachers in primary and secondary schools.

    The NDTA seeks to ensure that all young people in the UK have equal access to a high-quality dance education. To achieve this, the association works with teachers, schools, government departments and arts and education agencies. They actively lobby for dance in the curriculum and assist in shaping policy relating to the quality, nature, range and scope of dance in the education sector.

    NDTA is successful in raising the profile of dance at a national level through their website, their termly publication dancematters, their respected professional development programme and the development and dissemination of good practice.


    The web resource for Complete Guide to Primary Dance includes many written resources that support teaching dance in the primary classroom, such as warm-ups suited to various age groups and stories and word banks to stimulate dance ideas. Twenty-two complete units of work guide teachers in leading children through an age-appropriate dance-making process. A scheme of work provides an overview of the stimulus, unit outline and learning outcomes of each unit. A unit template is provided so that one might easily create one’s own unit. Photographs from the book are available in full color to be downloaded or printed for presentations or visual displays. Video clips illustrate various parts of the dance-making process from conception to performance, as well as short movement phrases that encompass a variety of dance styles.

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE with the purchase of the text and available online at