(Great Dances for Children)New England Dancing Masters - New England Dancing Masters
Teachers in elementary classrooms, summer camps, and community centers will find in this resource an easily accessible route to teaching 20 traditional square, circle, longways, and contra dances. These joyous dances are drawn from the folk traditions of North America and the British Isles. Each section begins with a description of the dance and a diagram for each formation. Many of the dances share many of the same movements and types of music. Ideas for teaching dance successfully in schools, a glossary of dance terms, and transcriptions of the dance tunes are included. It is not necessary to be a musician or experienced dancer to use this book. The dances follow easy-going walking steps, skipping, and sashaying. Using the recording, which features New England's finest musicians playing all the music needed to teach the dances, allows the teacher to dance along with the students. Use the handy DVD to gain tips and techniques on teaching 17 of the traditional dances from the Chimes collection.