Why Groove Child?
Groove Child helps students quickly get to that place of 'mental and emotional release' through dance. The syllabus is full of exercises that work to enhance a dancer's technique, nurture their creative mind, and grow their potential as performers, but it goes FURTHER. It actively helps them develop healthy mental habits around how they improve and grow through dance; to embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, create through being 'playful' and learn to control negative self-talk. These are life skills that make them more resilient through changes and challenges, and more likely to succeed as authentic performers.
Groove Child Membership offers established dance teachers MUCH MORE than just a licensed syllabus. It's a growing international community of like-minded dance teachers who strive to nurture 'dancer wellbeing' alongside technical development.
The membership format allows us opportunity to provide you with more value in the form of additional CPD seminars, workshops and events throughout the year, all centred around topics connected to our core values of creativity, individuality, and wellbeing. These additional opportunities aim to enhance your successful use of the syllabus, inspire new classes for you to offer students, and boost professional development.
Membership also allows us to take a more personal approach with our members and licensees, and create a community of teachers who can support and learn from each other.
There are THREE options for membership: Level One gives access to the music, videos, teaching points and manual for age 3-5yrs (and gives you an initiation into the joy of Groove Child, for both teacher and child!) Level Two gives you the full junior syllabus and student rewards covering age 3-9yrs, and Level Three membership gives you both the junior AND senior syllabus and student rewards covering age 3-15yrs. Every member starts with Level One, and then you can choose to upgrade to Level Two - or even go straight to Level Three - at any time, without pressure or obligation, depending on your personal vision and aims for Groove Child at your school.
Groove Child is right for you if...
You place huge value on a child’s creative and mental development through dance.
You want to refresh your teaching approach by introducing more fun and creativity.
You're looking for new ways to reward and acknowledge students.
You run 'boys only' classes and need additional engaging music and ideas.
You want to add new classes to your timetable, something fresh and relevant.
You want to do more to help the wellbeing of your students.
When doing the emotion exercises, we discuss things that might make them feel that way, and I find it such a great opportunity for them to develop self awareness whilst expressing themselves.
It works really really well alongside your normal syllabus classes. It's lots of fun and I don't think there would be any children that wouldn't enjoy it!
Who's behind Groove Child?
Having initially taken different dance paths - one, a Laine Theatre Arts trained dancer, ISTD & RAD registered teacher and mentor, the other a BA (Hons) Theatre student, Primary dance workshop facilitator, and commercial dance choreographer - we are proud to have merged together our skills and experience to create something very dear to both our hearts.
We believe fundamentally that children grow and develop best when they feel emotionally safe and confident to be themselves. We wanted to create something that assisted us, and other teachers like us, in making sure every child felt this way in every dance class they take.
We wanted to create a new type of syllabus that put self-expression, individuality and creativity at the forefront and worked in harmony alongside technical training.A syllabus that supported the teacher to actively nurture the mental skills of their dancers alongside their evolving talent. A syllabus that helps children find their own groove in life as well as in the studio. A syllabus that allowed time in a dance school’s timetable for students to practice 'playing and creating' in a structured way, and explore who they are through their passion for dance, away from the pressure of exams, competitions, and rehearsals.
And so, Groove Child was born.