I finally have access again to a computer, after the summer. I have been including children (ages 7 and up) in my dance practices, and have some idea of theMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 5, 2002View Source
I will give this some thought soon, Lady Barbara, al-Barran--RE: [OutlandsDance] Dances for Kids
I finally have access again to a computer, after the summer. I have been including children (ages 7 and up) in my dance practices, and have some idea of the ages at which some children pick up on some dances. I encourage children to dance with us (perhaps not every adult agrees) at events, demos, performances, and practices. You will see many adults in al-Barran, during any given dance, helping a child through the dance. There are children in al-Barran who clearly love to dance and are excited about dancing and to me personally, that is the most important. Also, the child is usually partnered with an adult, rather than another child, so the "partner" issue doesn't come up.
I'm at work, but will give thought as to specific dances and my experiences with different children at different ages this weekend and respond again soon. I appreciate the topic and look forward to others' input.
Yours in service to the dream,
Lady Barbara, a court dance instructor in al-Barran (Albuquerque, NM), 505-293-7453
Sent: 9/4/02 9:52 AM
Subject: [OutlandsDance] Dances for Kids
Guillaume and I have recently been discussing the subject of good
period dances for children. We've come up with some criteria, but I
was curious to know what the other people on this list might think.
Some guidelines I thought would be appropriate:
1) Don't need partners. (Dance is scary enough without that whole
2) Easy steps. (Singles, doubles, turns, possibly kicking steps, but
probably not fancy Italian doubles/ordinari/semidoppio, etc.)
3) Short repeat pattern. Probably not more than two or three
"sections" -- an entire English Country dance, for example, is
probably too difficult for a 7-year-old to manage.
4) FUN! (This is probably the most important one. Yeah, double
branle fits all the above criteria, but it's also about as boring as
Admittedly, these are all subject to change with the age of the
children. For example, I would expect our young adults of age 12-14
to be able to do pretty much anything the adults do. They also might
be more interested in "partner" dances (maybe ...).
What else should be considered? Are there any parents out here with
some input on the subject? I don't have kids, so I don't want to make
the mistake of overestimating their abilities -- or worse,
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...Message 1 of 2 , Sep 9, 2002View Source--- In OutlandsDance@y..., Barbara Krege <krege@a...> wrote:
> I finally have access again to a computer, after the summer.<<<
Yay!!! Welcome back!!!
> I'm at work, but will give thought as to specific dances and my
> with different children at different ages this weekend and respondagain
I look forward to your response.
We have always included any children who are interested in the
dancing, but we haven't had one attending practice regularly in some
time. There was a young lady (age around 12-14?) who participated in
the entire Caroso workshop in June and did very well.
One of the things that makes the upcoming class a little different,
however, is that the children will be dancing with other children,
most of whom also do not know the dances.
This is important for two reasons. One is that, as we've noticed (and
I'm sure you have, too), it's much easier to teach a person to do a
dance when everyone else already knows the steps. The other people in
the set can help pull the new dancer through, and there's someone to
watch when you don't remember what comes next. (We've see very
experienced historical dance teachers have difficulty teaching groups
of science fiction fans, for example ...)
The other difference is that any given kid will behave differently
when they are the only kid (or one of a few kids) in a group that is
mostly adults, than when they are one of a group of other kids. When
they're with other kids, they might be more easily distracted -- or,
as I've also seen, they might also compete to see who can learn the
new thing fastest/best.
But then, you've got more experience with kids than I do ... what do