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SMALL DANCES Basketball Instruction Video

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General Informations

Examples from the category SHORT DANCES contain short exercises with music that can be done as a warm-up or as an intro to the lesson. The exercises are designed and arranged in a way that they can be learned without a lot of prior experience and don`t necessarily lead to a certain dance style.

The emphasis is on varied work with music in combination with simple movements

Short dances with materials provide some variation to the better known dance styles.

Target group: recommended level 3 (from age 9./10.)

 Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Dribbling the ball has been introduced

Tips for implementation: 

  • Dribbling the ball has been introduced
  • Each student may start with his or her favourite ball so that the students have a familiar ball at hand, which will provide a bit of security while practising.
  • Possible introduction: First use the balls in a form of ball game and then gradually start working on the combination
  • Use different balls: differentiation when dribbling with different balls  
  • It is also possible to use only parts of this sequence depending on the level of advancement of students (Please see "examples from schools" for a practical example)
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • Students may form groups of 4 and put together their own ball-rhythm combination, which they can then present to the class.
  • Two groups teach each other their rhythm and by doing so, they may create a new combination, possibly also to a different piece of music.

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading „Tips & methods“ > Music

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 100 - 120 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful.
  • A suitable song for the "ball-dance" is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.