by Karen Jacobs
Don’t know an entrechat from a grand jeté? Never heard of a time-step or contemplated wearing leg-warmers? If you’ve never have any dance training or even if you have some experience, teaching dance in schools can appear to be a daunting prospect. However, there are some great resources available and I have put out a selection of some of the most current dance books (from our small collection) in the Newsam Library.
There are also a good many resources available through the Internet, such as the downloadable ballet story sheets from the English National Ballet, and there are also links to a range of organisations that can help. Many dance companies also have outreach departments who can provide ready-made or customised workshops and programmes for schools and youth groups, some of which may even be linked to the National Curriculum.