We have created a series of short films as a resource for teachers who are interested in learning more about how to inspire boys and motivate them to dance. The films explain in detail a selection of the exercises used when producing choreography for Boys Dancing projects.
Introducing boys to dance
Over the last eight years we have received a lot of questions from teachers asking: "How do you get boys interested in dance?" The answer is to make each class playful, athletic, creative, expressive and stimulating. Boys need a simple step-by-step structure to follow, constant encouragement and the opportunity to sharpen their skills and learn new moves.
Please take care in monitoring the activity of the group when teaching each task. As we all know, boys can be very enthusiastic at times and may overestimate their own abilities. Feel free to encourage your boys to challenge themselves - on the Boys Dancing projects we do that all the time - but do this progressively so it is not at the expense of their safety and welfare.
When explaining the tasks in the films, Dave McKenna (presenting) uses particular words that relate specifically to the process of creating dance. Please don't get hung up or scared by the dance terminology! We've created a glossary of the dance terms used with their definitions that you can download here.
How to use the teaching resource
There are 22 short videos in this teaching resource, which are divided into episodes of increasing technical skill. The episodes loosely follow the format of the choreography process in Boys Dancing sessions:
We suggest that you work through each episode in order, chapter by chapter.
Written and presented by:
David McKenna (Artistic Director: BeingFrank Physical Theatre & Boys Dancing)
Filmed and edited by:
Mathew Beckett (Director: River Rea Films)
Dance Education Advisor:
Yael Owen-McKenna (Joint Head: Coventry Performing Arts Service)