Teaching dance can be intimidating to PE teachers, but it can also be a lot of fun, and a great way to exercise. Depending on what type of dance you are participating in, it can also be a great brain workout, a fun way to socialize, improve flexibility, strength, balance, and cardiovascular fitness, and reduce stress.
If you approach dance with a good spirit, it usually rubs off on your class. If you’re worried about students being uncomfortable with touching each other there are plenty of activities and dances that you can still teach such as Zumba, line dancing, and hip hop.
Many dance instructors love spreading their passion for dance so much that they will come to your school and teach for free, or for a minimal cost. You may also approach various cultural centres to see if anyone would be interested in teaching a dance such as Bhangra, the Samba, or a Chinese Dragon dance. I’ve even had current and past students teach the class, and have had instructors in for Zumba, belly dancing, jive, square dancing, highland dancing, and hip hop. Talk to your students to see what they are involved in and check out what else is offered in your area. Don’t forget that there are also countless resources online.
Below you will find links to various dance units, lesson plans, and ideas. Enjoy!