5678 DanceSport is a curriculum based programme. Students are taught DanceSport dances (partner dancing) in a classroom setting. Each class in the programme introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learnt through practice and repetition.
The programme is either eight or ten 45 minute sessions spread over either 8 or 10 weeks.
Lessons begin with a simple and fun warm up group dance following the dance teachers lead to build confidence quickly. The main session includes a variety of entertaining couple and team dances, and finally the lesson finishes with a group dance performed to a current chart hit, raising the energy and rewarding the children with a sense of accomplishment.
Music: All dances are performed to the latest music tracks and traditional classics that mum's and dad's grew up with! Fun, fast paced and energetic, 5678 DanceSport builds upon student's physical fitness and re-energises their minds for classroom learning!
Class sizes: Usually 50-60 children (two classes), but can be up to 100 if room size allows. Teachers are asked to stay in the room and encouraged to join in.
Dancing as a couple, students will develop skills in social etiquette, respect, coordination, and communication.
Dance styles: Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Jive, Swing, Samba, Tango, Waltz
Dancing in a team, students will develop team work skills including active listening, group cooperation and orgnaisation.
Dance styles: Rhythm polonaise, Gypsy Tap, Cotton Eye Joe
dancing as individuals, students will develop skills in self expression and confidence, rhythm, body awareness and creativity.
Dance styles: Cupid Shuffle, Hip Hop and Price Tag.
I danced alongside Taryn professionally for many years, so know she is both highly-skilled and an expert in her field. I was excited to learn about 5678 DanceSport, her school-based programme. I think it's a fantastic idea to give children the chance to learn a new skill, combined with the social development and natural increase in self-confidence they'll pick up over the course of the programme. It makes me wish we'd had 5678 DanceSport when I was at school.
TV presenter and professional dancer