Congratulations, ConnectEd Dance!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
2M ago
We are humbled to announce that we were chosen as finalist, and later the winner of the Accessibility and Inclusion award at this year's Waikato Sport and Active Recreation Awards (2023)! We are so grateful for Sport Waikato providing the platform upon which we can share our kaupapa and thus advocate for inclusive dance education as a valuable tool for all tamariki! We also want to thank all the sponsors of these awards and the judges for their support! It means so much to us, because again, the more we share the more dance will be recoqnised as a developmental tool for all. In 2023 we intenti ..read more
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Prop Play: Scarves
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
A staple in every dance studio and most classrooms... the humble scarf! But is there more to do with a scarf than shaking and jiggling your scarf? Absolutely. Here are a number of ways to dance with a scarf that build skills while having fun! Painting in the air: This is the classic way to use a scarf, but here are some ideas. Hand your dancers their painting scarf and encourage them to make small and big shapes, write their name, high and low, cross the midline, you could even attempt to master the figure 8 or for older children the pinwheel turn! Encourage dancers to watch their scarf. Reme ..read more
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Family Dance Connections!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
We've recently started up a long awaited toddler and parent class and I have loved seeing the adorable child/caregiver dynamic! Dance has belonged to families for centuries, and still does in many cultures. Here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy dance with your family (no matter how big or small your unit). Impromptu dance party All you need is your favourite music, some space, and some people you love for a dance party. Throw on the music and let loose. Bust out those old school moves and you are sure to get the best reaction from your kids! To upgrade this experience consider getting a ..read more
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Conceptual Dance Ed: Why we love the Elements of Dance!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
We love to connect kids to a greater understanding of dance, and that's where the elements of dance (and music) come in! You will find these as part of the public school curriculum, any great choreographic course, and here at ConnectEd. They provide dancers a way to understand and create movement using a vocabulary that is common and relatable to real life. Children who know how to identify and apply them are well placed to learn and perform dance! The elements of dance are concepts of: B (Body and Action), E (Energy), S (Space), and T (Time). For info on how these are broken down into subcate ..read more
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Spatial Awarness Play: Hula Hoops
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
The second dance element concept we've been exploring in our classes this past few weeks is SPACE! How we move through space, take up space, interact with the space and objects around us. This is such an important skills for all dancers as we move, often at speed through space with others, with props, in formations... and we need to do all of this safely. But, beyond dance, its a vital skill for everyday life. Here are a couple of my favourite games for praticing spatial awareness for early years using Hula Hoops. Hoops are a great tool and children LOVE to play with them. This is probably the ..read more
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Resource Alert: It's time to share because we care!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
This blog has been very quiet! Let's just say... a lot of life has happened since the last post. Finally, we are back in full swing and ready to make the leap to resource development for eductors in the ECE and primary school sector, as well as activities for home! To kick this off I'm sharing a resource we're using in some classes over the next few weeks. https://video.wixstatic.com/video/16a793_b39bdc6c4d0f40f499ce54645a91c92d/1080p/mp4/file.mp4 We're exploring the dance element of body right now, naming and discovering the possibilities of safe and varied movement for a variety of body part ..read more
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A Combination Foundation
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
The original course developed for ConnectEd dancers is the creative combination class. It is our bread and butter, the foundation of the programme. This course began it’s development over 5 years. I had the opportunity to develop a recreational dance programme for the local community centre and took great care to develop a course that would give dancers a strong but wide base to dance or play sport from. This programme changed through experience and research over time. I studied creative dance practitioners in New Zealand through my masters degree and gained valuable knowledge to once again ap ..read more
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Celebrating 2020: reflection and gratitude!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
This year our after-school and in-school sessions were hit with a few challenges including COVID 19 and a teacher injury. Compared to other areas of the world I realize how grateful we are to keep dancing! However, as I reflect on the challenges faced even here I realize that to every cloud there are silver linings and ConnectEd dance has certainly learned from those. Here is a short recap of some of these growth areas. Challenge: COVID 19 shutting down term 1 classes, dance classes going online ALL OVER THE WORLD. Silver Lining(s): Motivated out of necessity, I along with dance teachers all o ..read more
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Welcome to ConnectEd Dance!
ConnectEd Dance Blog
by danceconnectedwaik
9M ago
With the drop of our new website it is only fitting for our first blog post to introduce what we (Miss Lia and the company itself) are all about. ConnectEd Dance Co. was born in Aug 2019 as the result of years of a developing teaching philosophy formed by my undergraduate, graduate studies and work experience. It was finally time to go out on my own… but what will we (the company and I, me and the company...so far just me) be called? What name will represent us? I created a long list of adjectives and outcomes about participation in dance. I circled those I felt had a nice ring to them and cr ..read more
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