“If we help children get hold of a movement like trotting and skipping, then straight away we are helping them with their sporting ability through practice of things such as weight transfer and timing…”
Hello everybody and welcome to EPISODE 50 of The PE Umbrella podcast and thank you for giving up your time to join me on the ONLY Primary and Elementary Physed Podcast in the world! I am absolutely delighted to have made it to the half century milestone of the show and none of it would be at all possible without you, the listeners. I am honoured that you tune in and listen to the show each week when you get the chance and take time to listen, and I only hope that you continue to find the content produced informative and engaging. There are so many of you out there that inspire me to continue beating on my craft as a Physed teacher and strive for improvement everyday. If it wasn’t for that inspiration, I have no doubt the PE Umbrella podcast wouldn’t exist. So for all that you do to make this podcast possible, THANK YOU!
Joining me Under the Umbrella this week for this special episode is Caroline ‘The Dance Lady’ Newman. As her name suggests, Caroline is passionate about ALL things dance and spends her days delivering CPD, Cheer and Fun Fitness sessions to children in Wiltshire, England.
During this episode, we explore Caroline’s past and discover that Physed has always been the one passion that has helped drive her forward and the one release that helped her discover her own sense of self worth. She explains why dance absolutely should be part of any Physed curriculum as it provides a framework for movement patterns that are so often seen across a multitude of sports. We then discuss how she structures a block of dance work in schools as she shares her starting point and her intentions when she works with a class of children, before breaking this down even further into a how a single dance lesson is structured. If you have ever had any reservations about teaching dance yourself then you simply must listen to what ‘The Dance Lady’ has to say!
What I Learned: During my interview with Caroline, I was reminded of a really fundamental strength of Physical Activity and Sport, and that is its’ unique power to bring people together. Caroline talked about the physical education environment as a place where she truly ‘knew who she was’ and shared stories of how it creates the perfect social environment to bring people together. This allowed me to reminisce about an old family holiday of mine in which a simple ‘kick about’ on the beach with a football resulted in a 6v6 game with men and women from a multitude of other countries. While we couldn’t speak Spanish, German, French or Italian, we did share a common bond and love for sport (in this case football) and we could certainly communicate through that. Sure, we never met these people before and I’ll likely never see them again, however, for thirty minutes of our lives we were running around and playing as if best friends, smiles all around. All we needed was a ball…
Sport is a breeding ground for social interaction and really does help communication skills flourish in those that appreciate it. This power of bringing people together and communicating is portrayed in a powerful video, remaking the infamous boxing day truce between the British and German soldiers during the hardships and brutality of WW1. If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth a watch…
The Dance Lady Website – https//www.thedancelady.com
IMoves Dance – https://imovesdance.com
Top Warm up – Human Musical Chairs
Twitter – @the_dance_lady
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