Tag Archives: Dance

MECKids Get’s Kids Movin!

The MECKids team had an amazing time at the Get Kids Movin! Event, this past weekend. We jumped; hula hooped and stretched our muscles with our student participants. The Boulevard at the Capital Centre will never be the same again! Our interactive hula hoop activity was a BIG HIT, even parents were excited to move along with our MECKids team. A host of dynamic talent and organizations showcased a fun-filled production to raise awareness about childhood obesity prevention, including ten year old singing sensation Chi Chi Monet, The Think Brown Ink Agency, Nike trainer Deanna Jefferson, Sports Zone,  BET Born to Dance winner LaTanya Swann and many more, who joined MECKids in bringing fun and fitness to hundreds of Washington Metro area families!

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After such a great event in Maryland, Meckids heads home to Virgina for our next event at Urban Evolution. Check out our Meet Up group and click here to RSVP! MECKids is on the move with our health technology and new after school program. If you know any schools looking to add an afterschool fitness and health technology program that includes a six week fitness program with our online tracking system contact us today contact@meckids.com

Do Your Kids Know Chi Chi Monet? Because They Should…

As soon as I walk into Bell Multicultural High School I can hear screaming of cheers and singing along with Miss Chi Chi Monet. I rush to the auditorium to find everyone from the age of 6 to 56 up on their feet dancing and moving to Chi Chi’s new single, ‘Move’. The audience loves the 10 year old rapper who is just too cute and boy does she have a voice! I see another little girl who looks just like her that is running through the aisles dancing and singing along. Later, I find out its Chi Chi’s younger sister Zoe who is clearly just as adorable and talented as Chi Chi.

After their performance they run off stage as everyone is still dancing and cheering for these two young girls who just rocked the show for the last few minutes. Excited to meet them, I eventually catch up to them and ask for a few minutes of their time. I cannot wait to hear their story and what they have to say about their music and inspiration! They even gave us another preview of ‘Move’ again!

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LIVE at 5th Annual DC Tap Festival!

The 5th Annual DC Tap Festival held at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was, I quote, “live and well over luxurious.” Attending this event opened my eyes to something new. As I went backstage where the performers were, they were more than positively energized. When I was watching them practice, something special stood out to me; their vibes. These performers were the definitions of living a healthy lifestyle.  You could clearly tell that the tap dancers were in impeccable shape. They were often energetic, healthy, and happy. What a beautiful combination. The performers’ smiles were glowing and their personality was enthusiastic. Everything was live and this created a wonderful environment to be in. They made me want to go onstage with them.  At the event, healthy snacks and drinks were being sold to top things off. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview with Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist, Mya, who was an incredible  inspiration and joy to meet.  I also learned that two professional tap dancers and sisters, Chloé and Maud Arnold, founded the DC Tap Festival in 2009 with the mission to unite tap dancers from around the world and to raise awareness about tap as an art form. This event was wonderful and showed everyone how tap dancing keeps you in great shape and positively impacts healthy living.

Rubrics

Once students have established a movement vocabulary, I like to have them write the rubrics-using a 1-4 scale.  I keep it simple and have them create under three areas:

  1. Technique
  2. Artistry
  3. Intent

Under technique, What is a 4?  (Pointed feet, jumps that leave the floor, land quietly, etc).

Divide the class into the three areas and let them own the learning!  This also helps them in regards to peer and self evaluation to be able to put into words what good dancing looks like!

Hero Dance Pt. II

Now that students have created their movement piece about their hero, have them present to each other.  To further advance the meaning, have students bring in an artifact that represents their hero (like a picture or an object).  Students will lean towards people that are not living. Express to them the hero can still be living AND the dances can be happy!   Whatever the hero or dance, the purpose is to convey meaning!!  Use the peer evaluation as a tool to edit and re-edit the dances.  Once this has taken place, record the dances and have students do a self evaluation:

Did the piece convey the intended meaning? Was the movement story clear?

Have fun & be creative!!!

Write and dance together yes really!

Have students brainstorm about their personal hero.  Is it their parents, classmate, pet, someone from pop culture?  Whoever it is- it’s OK!  Have students write an essay explaining their choice- what makes them special? How have they impacted their life? Do they have any special personality traits or funny habits?

My example to my students: I used to have a dance teacher that used to take a picture of herself in a bikini every year on her birthday (she did this until she was 80).

Why?

Because she always wanted to be honest about her body.

Students will select music that represents the essay and create a movement piece!!

 

Who did your students pick as their hero? Who is your hero and what would your movement piece include?

Taking cues from Dancing With The Stars!!

One of the things that I love about DWTS is the fact that it brings dance and specifically ballroom dance to a new audience.  An easy way to start a unit is with the lindy swing, which is 2 steps and a ball change or back step.  Once you teach the basics to your students- let them figure out the mirror image- first with no hands-just facing each other.  Then try a simple hand to hand connection-palm up for the leader and hands down for the follower.  Another great footnote is sanitation first- clean hands always!!  You can try a variety of music styles not just big bands- let the kids try current music.  Remember- the learner owns the learning!!

All you have to do is try!

It’s easy to think that losing weight is hard…And it is, but what most don’t realize is that just a few minutes of light weight exercise can go a long way. Even if you feel you don’t have time, you do. You just have to MAKE time to be active! Just because you have to be active, doesn’t mean you have to push yourself to do things that you can’t or do not want to do. Playing sports, dancing, or even going for a 10 minute walk before your meal can help with losing weight. Its a step by step process and takes time to increase your intensity, but that’s okay. As long as you try to be more active and follow your plan you will be well on your way to your goal weight!