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SMALL DANCES Telephone Dance Instruction Video

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See Telephone Dance Democlip for a possible end form

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.

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

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music

Tips for implementation: 

  • It is also possible to use only parts of this sequence depending on the level of advancement of students
  • First teach in front of the class, then let students practice repeatedly by changing partners.
  • Ask the students to solve specific "movement problems" such as finding a new dance lift figure.
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • Ask the students to solve specific "movement problems" such as finding a new dance lift figure.
  • Let the students create a theatrical version of the "telephone" sequence in groups of 4.

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 - 125 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful.
  • 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.