Dancing is for everyone
Dance is currently the fastest growing art form in the country and at Icanwin we know how important it is to keep children active whilst having lots fun. Dance clubs are an ideal way to engage children regardless of age, gender, shape, size or background and whether or not they have danced before.Not only is dancing interesting and fun but it is an excellent way for children to develop their fitness. As well as the fitness benefits, dance can also help children to express themselves and their imagination, while they improve their sense of rhythm and co-ordination. Providing children with the opportunity to develop their self-confidence is also vital any Icanwin Dance Coach.
Due to the many different styles & rhythms of dance available around the world, we are dedicated to offering brilliant and varied dance lessons sharing as many different dance forms with your children as possible. Our talented and expert dance teachers are able to create exciting dance combinations using a selection of key styles mixed with modern music. Additionally, children can have focused dance clubs where they learn the latest dance styles seen on popular programs such as Strictly Come Dancing like Ballroom, Latin and Disco. Alternatively, they may prefer to form a dance troop, creating an edgy street dance routine or a street tap performance. Working alongside the needs of your children, our dance specialists will create and mould their lessons, ensuring that each and every dance lesson is enjoyable for every child. Plus, as we are passionate about sports and want to share this passion with children; we actively seek to engage boys and girls within dance sessions, allowing them to add their creative input into routines, helping to produce a show stopping performance at the end of each term.
Practicing yoga, mindfulness and meditation on a regular base will help children in so many ways. It can help children with:
developing concentration and focus
releasing tension and stress
developing emotional intelligence and resilience
providing tools to self-regulate AND feeling more calm, happy and grounded.
The list of benefits for yoga alone are almost endless, yet when combined with the added benefit of dance skills, it can really extend and develop children’s imagination and creativity. To be successful, creative learners and to be compassionate, self-aware human beings, children MUST be given the tools, time and space to draw their attention away from what can sometimes be an overwhelming world. Sessions focus on the inclusion and combination of:
Restorative breathing techniques
Various Dance styles
Sessions are available for children aged 4-11 and run for up to 75 minutes. Typical sessions are an hour long though and can run before, during or after school.
Practise positions everyone can try:
Active Child’s Pose: Start by kneeling, and crawl your hands forward, tenting your fingertips and engaging your shoulder blades down and together on your back, allow your head and neck to release. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.
Shoulder Opener: Still kneeling, place two blocks in front of you and place your elbows on the blocks. Press your hands together like you’re praying, then release your head in between the blocks and reverse the prayer down your back (so your fingers point toward your tailbone). Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths. (If you don’t have blocks, you can do something similar at a wall: Standing a leg’s distance away from a wall, hinge from your hips and release your forearms to the wall. Allow your head to release toward the ground. Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths.)
Half Frog: Come to a supine position, lying facedown on your mat. Slowly rise onto your forearms and take 3 deep breaths here. Then, not allowing your knees to get too far apart, bend your right knee and bring your right hand to the top of your right foot, putting gentle pressure on it to open the quadriceps. Stay here for 10 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.
High King Pigeon: From down dog, step your right foot forward and tap your back knee down. Slowly crawl your hands up onto your right thigh and breathe here for 5 deep breaths. Bend your left knee, grab hold of the left foot and place it in the crook of your left elbow, then try to square off your hips. Bend your right elbow and reach your right hand back to clasp your left. Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths, then repeat on the left side.
Top Tips for Dancers
- 01.Carry a spare pair of socks in your kit bag. If your shoes aren’t suitable for the class you’re doing or you don’t have specific dance shoes, some classes (like Ballet) won’t let you dance in bare feet. But if you have a spare pair of socks with you, they can always be used instead of dance shoes temporarily.
- 02.If you want to wear leg warmers to a dance class, be sure that you wear them pulled up and crease free. Don’t wear them like they used to in the 80’s – all bunched up around the ankles. The clue is in the name – they are supposed to warm your legs. But the main point here is that if you have big thick rolls of wool wrapped around your ankles, it actually prevents you from standing in position correctly.
- 03.Turn up ON TIME! This is probably the most important of all the dance tips. Each class, no matter what dance it is for, will usually start with a warm up. If you miss the warm up, you risk serious injury
- 04.Always, always drink plenty of water. Plus if you’re hungry, the best snack to have before or after a dance class is a banana.
- 05.5. If you acquire a foot blister from dancing, try to ignore the temptation to pop it, if you can. The blister has formed the perfect sterile environment for the sore skin underneath to heal. Popping the blister ruins that environment and can introduce bacteria onto the fresh skin, taking it longer to heal (and making a bit of a mess, too).