Going from teaching dance 3-5 times a week for almost 7 years to not teaching it at all has been one of the biggest changes for me here. I am thankful that my schedule is not as busy as it was back home but I do miss it. So when my school asked me to do an English dance camp for their winter session I could barely contain my excitement.
It’s been almost a week of the camp and so far it’s been going really well. I teach three classes a day that are 50 minutes each. In each class I teach the students some English key words and expressions and incorporate them into creative movement games and dance routines. They really like hearing the American popular music. I have both girls and boys in my classes and I give them a lot of credit because they participate in all the dance movements pretty enthusiastically. Some have been kind of hesitant but I haven’t had anyone refuse to do any of the activities so I am definitely happy with the way it’s going. I am seeing a whole new side of some of the kids. Each class is small but mixed. I have students in 2nd grade who barely know any English and students in 5th and 6th grade who are really advanced. One of my 3rd graders who barely spoke a word in English class during the year is now one of my top participants. It’s really nice to see some of the kids opening up. I hope by the end of next week they leave my class with smiles on their faces and more confidence in themselves.