THURSDAY LEVEL I/II: SEPTEMBER PARENT UPDATE

TUNES WARMUP

This class is happening in conjunction with the music & art class (see the update for that class in the previous blog post), so over the course of 2 hours children learn a song, a tune, and an accompanying dance. 

The children that aren't in the music class first work on controlling their feet to the tunes we are learning to play, demonstrated beautifully here: 

Traditional Rhythm:  "The Connemara Basic Step"  and "Snoopy Shuffle" 

(NOTE: This is simply the name assigned to it when people started teaching.  These steps would not have had names, as they were being passed via absorption in dance/music communities) 

CONNEMARA BASIC: 

Mechanics: Hop (4) heel down (+1) heel down (+2) heel down (+3) 

Elements: Hop (quarter note), Shuffle (2 eighth notes, +1)

SNOOPY SHUFFLE:

Mechanics: step (4) heel down (+1) step (2) heel down (+3)

Elements: Step, meaning the foot goes down with weight (quarter note), shuffle (2 eighth notes, +1)

SOCIAL DANCING 

Because the students are learning the song and the tune, it's a logical progression to then teach the dance that goes along with it!  This turned nicely into a social dance with band situation, where students can choose to play the tune or dance, or jump back and forth between both!  

Dances we have covered so far: