The goal is for young children to enjoy learning through music, movement and dance. Have them explore a variety of movement activities and skills, using their senses (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) to learn about themselves and the world we live in. Incorporate activities that will help them learn fundamental movement skills, observation and listening skills, as well as how to conduct themselves in a group. Strive for a balance between novelty (introducing new movements/activities) and repetition (practicing things they already know). Maintaining a predictable lesson structure is important; children will feel more comfortable to try new movements and activities within a familiar structure.
Enhancing turnout involves gaining the necessary strength and flexibility of muscles associated with turnout, as well as attending to alignment and using imagery to facilitate effective neuromuscular patterns. Minimize turnout compensations by addressing alignment and movement patterns at the spine, pelvis, hip, knee and foot. Maximize hip external rotation by learning to recruit and organize, strengthen and stretch, the many muscles associated with producing and inhibiting turnout.
- Andrea Downie
To improve balance control, mentally focus on alignment and do proprioceptive training, such as balancing exercises with the eyes closed. Imagine the vertical axis lengthening—simultaneously stretching up through the crown of the head and down through the supporting foot—during balancing exercises and during turns to enhance both static and dynamic alignment.
- Andrea Downie