Folk dance is an important element of the dance strand of the PE curriculum. The PDST Primary PE team have developed and collated video demonstrations and written descriptions and links to accompanying music for a selection of folk dances across class levels.
Many folk dance contain specific dance steps which can be taught in advance. Remember to keep the emphasis on enjoyment and support all pupils to participate in the dance even if they have not yet mastered the steps in question. Use the videos below to help pupils learn 3 common steps.
For further support download the PDST folk dance resource. This resource contains warm up activities for dance, tips for teaching a new folk dance, activities and progressions for a variety of folk dances including sean nós, information on supporting pupils motivation for dance, examples of how FMS can be embedded in folk dance and a link to an accompanying Spotify playlist with music for each of the dances.
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