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Learning to waltz (pt 2/2)
In the second lesson on the waltz, professional dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova show us how to master the turning box step. Building on the previous 'Learning to Waltz' session, the dancers teach us how to turn the box step so we can change direction and move around the room. They explain that the lead dancer makes a quarter turn, making a square and finishing in the same position they started in. The dancers demonstrate it individually, then as a pair and next as a pair to music. The dancers count out the 1, 2, 3 waltz beat, adding some variations as they demonstrate how the dancers move around the room in a square. This clip was first created on the Strictly Come Dancing website: bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
After warming up and recapping on the basic box step and beat of the waltz, so they are mentally prepared, show the children the second part of the waltz tutorial.
To start with, ask the class: What is a box step? How many beats are there in a waltz? Who would like to demonstrate?
After showing the second tutorial, ask the class: What is a quarter? How can we make a quarter turn? Have a go, can you make four quarter turns, ending up in the place where you started?
Encourage the class, making sure that you highlight good examples and improvements. Some children may not be able to master it yet and if so, make sure that they have mastered the basic box step first. The key to teaching this is for children to learn it slowly and practise by themselves before beginning to attempt it with a partner.
Ask the class: What are they finding difficult about the Turning Box Step? How can we improve what we are doing? Who feels that they can do it and would like to show us?
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