Exploring Dance: Youth Arts Learning Journey

Emma Louise Barrass is delighted to be mentoring Kelly Whiteside for an exciting Youth Art Learning Journey through Fresh Start for the Arts and Dumfries & Galloway Arts Partnership. Over the next three months Kelly will be working on this inspirational project to develop her dance skills and experience the wider world of dance.

As part of the project Kelly will be recording her experiences in this blog. We hope you enjoy reading about Kelly's Learning Journey. 

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'!

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Last Friday, myself and Emma started planning for my first dance session. I finished my warm up to Bruno Mars' Treasure and Emma made me teach it to her as if she was one of my pupils. It was good practice and Emma gave me advice on how to improve my teaching. We then started putting together a megamix of Michael Jackson songs for my show. It is made up of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Pretty Young Thing, Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel and Smooth Criminal!

Finally, Thursday came and it was time for my first session! A total of 9 people turned up - I was happy with that number but a few more would've been great. I started teaching my warm up routine, I was nervous but once I got started I was fine. My dancers picked it up quickly so I was pleased! We then played some ice breaker games - the High Five Name Game and the Stage Game which is the same idea as Port and Starboard but using performance and stage terminology.
 
I then went on to teach a section of the Michael Jackson dance - Thriller! I was looking forward to teaching this because I love the dance so much. I taught the dance up to the famous 'monster' walks and I told the kids the advice that Anthony King told me - you have to perform like a king with lots of power and energy if you want to dance like Michael Jackson. By the end of the session, I thought everyone had picked it up well and they were doing it with great attack!
 
 
Overall, I thought my first session was great. I felt more comfortable teaching a bigger class than a smaller class which I think is strange! But I thought I was really confident and I really enjoyed it. I just hope that next week more people turn up - the more the merrier! :)

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