COVID-19 Teacher Resources
TEACHERS & DANCE EDUCATORS
Some of you are working harder than ever before, navigating the best and worst of technology, and trying to maintain a connection to the students you care about. We see you and applaud your dedication to your passion, your craft and your dancers at this strange time. Below are some resources we hope will help.
Stay Strong. Be Well,
Tamara & The Shine Crew
ONLINE DANCE CLASS INFO
- with Lauren – COVID19 Resources for Mental Skills Training (for teachers and dancers)
- Gaga classes Online movement practice from NYC and Tel Aviv (for teachers & older dancers)
- Youth Protection Advocates In Dance
- Wingman For Dance
- Dance Ed Tips
- Balance Meditation app
- The Dance Podcast
- Finances – updates on @letsmakeitcount.bookkeeping
- Resilient Dancer
- Erika Mayall Physio Resources for dancing safely at home – See Link
- SkillShare – Creativity Courses
- Podcast – Words That Move Me with Dana Wilson
- Use a waiting room and password for online classrooms.
- Use unlisted YouTube Channels, private Facebooks groups, waiting rooms and passwords.
- Remind dancers of safety precautions at the start of each class.
- A SHINE Pinterest compilation of Tools, exercises, charts and more for dance teachers.
- Watch for cues – what do the kids need, socially & emotionally. Use their name, ask how their day was, what they did…?
- TRANSITIONS into class are super important to help them engage, especially since they are not changing location. Take a moment to check-in.
- Breakout Rooms in ZOOM are useful for impactful conversation without using too much time and to work with small groups at a time.
- TRACK PROGRESS, use charts, shared google sheets, set the class and individual goals
- Use BEFORE & AFTER photos to track progress
- Incorporate discussion and journaling
- Help dancers create their at-home dance space. USe wireless headphones if available.
- Give homework – kids have more TIME on their hands. Give them something to practice and show you next class.
- Have each dancer lead one exercise/ stretch and tell what it’s for.
- Talk about the routines!!! Discuss the story, the story arc, break it into sections (give them identifying names), discuss how they are different, clarify where the transitions begin and end the music, listen together, how each dancer relates to the music & story.
- Talk about feelings and how dance is about self-expression, how they can use it as an outlet. Warm-up by turning on a song, giving dancers the option to turn off the video, and letting them ‘dance like no one’s watching’!
- Themed Class ideas: Dancing through the decades (1920’s/ 30’s, 40’s etc…), Frozen, ABC’s, On Broadway
- Incorporate Dance History, Dance Vocabulary
- Try an Improv Class
ZOOM BREAKOUT ROOMS
- How to enable ZOOM breakout rooms in your settings
- Managing breakout rooms in ZOOM
- Breakout rooms are great to make conversations more efficient and impactful and for working with small groups. I find it helpful to give everybody a task and time limit when in the rooms and to have them share when you return to the group.
- Shawn Bracke’s Teaching tips for Zoom:
- play music from your laptop and go to audio settings to control sounds – play music about 70% so your voice can still be heard.
- be sure to pin your video especially in a big class so you’re the focus. You can change who’s the focus should you want to highlight other dancers and pin them if you want to feature them.