INTRO TO DANCE FOR BOYS USING HORTON AND WEST AFRICAN DANCE




 



DESCRIPTION:

Tracy Inman, Co-Director of the Ailey School, gives us a fantastic demonstration and learning tool for how to structure a class for young boys that is exciting, fun, and challenging; plus how to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, discipline and focus. The first part introduces the boys to the Horton technique, a great technique for young dancers to explore movement and how the body works, with appropriate terminology and positions. The Lester Horton technique uses geometric shapes the young dancers can easily see and understand. The 2nd part, with Yahaya Kamate teaching West African dance, gives the boys the opportunity to let loose, release their energy, and move without restraint. This class is an instructive example of how to introduce boys to a discipline of movement or sport.