Plymouth Dance; the City of Plymouth’s dance development agency, in consultation with primary school dance specialists, has devised a programme to support the teaching of Dance in Primary Schools as part of the Physical Education Curriculum but also as a tool to deliver cross-curricula work.

Mayflower 400 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Plymouth to America, carrying the pilgrims who founded the modern United States. This programme will particularly focus on the values and themes of Mayflower 400, which are:

  • Freedom
  • Imagination
  • Future
  • Humanity
  • Dance can improve self esteem and confidence; widen aspiration; and help tackle obesity and other health problems.

    Through dance children develop:

    • Fundamental movement skills and balance, agility and coordination.
    • Verbal and non-verbal communication of ideas and emotions.
    • Team work.
    • Problem solving.

    “The government’s additional funding for school sport is being used well to help all pupils to become more active and to help them to acquire a healthy diet and lifestyle. In a Year 5 dance session led by an outside expert, the teacher was learning how to teach the subject more effectively” – OFSTED Report 2014.

    The Package

    What you will get:

    • 12 months of dance support from the Plymouth Dance network (to be delivered across 1, 2 or 3 terms).
    • A bespoke dance package delivered by an experienced Dance Practitioner and a Trainee Dance Leader over a 12-month period. This will include 24 hours of delivery time from the Dance Practitioner and 24 hours delivery time from the Young Dance Leader (some of these hours will be used team teaching).
    • Mentoring support from Jules Laville, Independent Dance Practitioner and Dance Animateur at the Barbican Theatre.
    • Access to high quality resources to help your teaching staff to develop their dance skills during the 12 months and beyond.
    • The provision of 5 dance films (Dance @ School Films) created specifically for primary schools in Plymouth, so that you can continue to deliver dance beyond the 12 months.

    Dance @ School Films

    Take a dance break and use these ‘Dance @ School Films’, an excellent digital resource for every Primary school teacher.

    Get your whole class/school dancing! Teachers and pupils learn new dance movements, whilst developing strength and flexibility in body and mind led by professional educational dancers. These high quality short films are easy to use within the classroom, improve children’s coordination, creativity and special awareness. Pupils can learn as they move to these curriculum-based films which cover subjects within science, literacy, culture & physical activity.

    How to book:

    To discuss Help! I can’t Teach Dance being delivered to your school from January 2018 across 1, 2 or 3 terms respectively or in 2018/2019 please contact June Gamble: or call 07818 518079