Claire Pring – It's Your Move

About the Session

When I was growing up there were so many dance films around ‘Fame’, ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Footloose’ to name a few, these days we have ‘Strictly’, ‘The Greatest Dancer’ and ‘The Next Step’. Which is great, fabulous even… but I do think they imply that dancing is about learning & replicating steps and for anyone training to become a professional performer this is certainly a significant part of preparation for the job, but from an educational point of view it is a very small part of the equation.

When I see children copying movement sequences, I find myself thinking ‘what are they learning?’ Now there are some very skilled teachers out there that will be able to highlight the physical skills and explain the compositional elements of this way of delivering – but working through a creative process will still enable the children to develop these qualities whilst capitalising on their compositional and analytical skills; promote discussion; be more inclusive; allow for differentiation and inspire those that do not naturally gravitate towards the subject.

And it’s so much easier for the teacher to guide through questionings rather than shouting 5,6,7 and!… So, hand it over to them… tell them ‘It’s Your Move’.

About Claire

Upon graduating from Middlesex University, Claire taught in London for a number of years before joining Cheshire Dance firstly as an animateur, then progressing to the role of director. After eight years she returned to education as an Advanced Skills Teacher alongside completing her MA in Dance Studies.

Currently Claire combines a number of roles including Lead Practitioner for Dance for Derbyshire County Council; Ambassador for the Royal Opera House’s ‘Create & Dance’ alongside delivering training for organisations such as One Dance UK and People Dancing.

Recently she published ‘First Steps in Teaching Dance’ a guide for non-specialist primary teachers; ‘Making A Move’ – dance lessons that respond to Covid19 guidance and regularly contributes to ‘TES Resources’ as well as writing & presenting ‘Step-by-Step’ for BBC Teach on the delivery of high-quality dance in primary schools & the primary dance lessons for Oak National Academy.
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