This interview was with Scott. My favourite student-even although they are all my favourites!! Scott is ultra enthusiastic, ultra focused, genuinely a nice kid and loves dancing. Not just hip hop but proper technique.
Scott also falls into my target group: he is a smart wee cookie but is under performing in primary. He has been held back a year as he has difficulty with reading. This has upset him lots as he is not with his friends.
Then, we have Friday dance: we are ultra positive, have a wee bit in class where we get out the gossip (usually school frustrations) and work kinaesthetically, visually and critically to dance but with no writing!!
I was most interested at Scott’s answers. Which were actually physically demonstrated in many cases rather than stated in words!
Student 4: Scott (Age 11 years two days ago)
1. Identify dance qualities you would like to improve and areas of your training which might support these.
I want to make the movement clean and angled with dynamics (I had to help here to convert Scott’s demos into the correct words). I want better clean movement and to look just cool and effortless. I find fast stuff hard.
I need to be more flexible. I’m not that bothered about strength and cardio. I want how I move to look right.
2. Explain how you warm up before class.
Scott demos: cardio (running, jumping, scatters, hoping) large movements, some stretching mainly legs and torso. Big steps and slowly shapes from ‘Scott’s dances’.
- Identify which teaching styles benefits you most during warm ups.
I like to be shown so that I can copy.
- Describe how your teacher adapts dance lessons to benefit males.
We all do the same thing. I’m not sure if there is anything.
- Outline the ways dance supports your attainment and inclusion.
It makes me confident. When I had to show stuff at PE, I already knew what to do and I could comment on what should be done to get better.
- Describe in what ways collaborations have improved your dance programme.
I do land training to make me good at swimming. It means I get to talk to others. I work on techniques in bits rather than swimming or floating off at the same time.
- Suggest if ‘dance-based research’ (measuring aspects of movement) could benefit your dancing.
Yes, I suppose. It would let me see how I’d got better.
- In your opinion, what are the best strategies to inspire all learners.
Praise and enthusiasm and longer practice (Mad grin demonstrated).