Get back to your 17th century dancing roots with our English Country dancing workshops.
There are many different choices which all come under the umbrella name of ‘English Country Dancing’.
This dance style can also be useful to incorporate into a History lesson as it can show a different aspect of the time you may be studying, which the children can have fun with.
These dance styles are great at teaching shapes and formations to Early years and SK1 students, such as lines and circles which can be hard for younger ones.
It also encourages working in teams and partner work, with boys and girls working well together.
Choose from these popular Country Dance styles:
May Pole (the school has to have their own May Pole) – A long upright pole with coloured ribbons attached to the top. Each student holds one ribbon and skips in and out of each other weaving intricate patterns
Morris Dancing – A processional dance, usually performed in lines and using props such as a white hankie or a stick
Scottish Dancing – energetic short dances in circles and lines, known as a Ceilidh
Irish Jigs – energetic dances with lots of leg kicks
Our English Country dance workshops are great for
Take a look at our blog from when we saw the inspiring show Folk Dance Remixed They are a dance company who mix traditional folk dance with street dance, hip hop and breakdance. They have a fantastic live band to accompany them, as well as a cool beatboxer! You are encouraged to participate at the end, when they teach everyone some Maypole dancing. Folk Dance Remix perform all over the UK at festivals, so try and get to see them…
Read our account of a fantastic History Day we taught at Harvey Road School. Their school was celebrating it’s 75th birthday, so the teachers decided to run the school they way it would have been back then. They had saw surprising results….