Lesson Plan: “Beat It” Dance Tutorial by Nicole McCoy
Objective: To learn and perform the dance routine for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” offering both standing and seated options for accessibility. Also a switch adapted version below
- Video tutorial by Nicole McCoy
- A clear space for dancing
- Chairs for seated participants
- Switch adapted version of the tutorial (for alternative accessibility needs)
- Introduction (5 minutes):
- Briefly discuss the significance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
- Introduce Nicole McCoy, the instructor.
- Explain the two versions of the dance: standing and seated.
- Warm-Up (10 minutes):
- Lead students through a general warm-up to prepare their bodies for dancing.
- Focus on stretching and gentle movements.
- Sectional Learning (30 minutes):
- Break down the dance routine into smaller sections.
- Teach each section slowly, first demonstrating the standing version, followed by the seated version.
- Encourage students to choose the version that suits their comfort and ability.
- Repeat each section multiple times, gradually increasing the speed.
- Assembling the Routine (15 minutes):
- Gradually combine the learned sections to form the complete routine.
- Perform the full routine at a slow pace initially, then at the original song tempo.
- Ensure to demonstrate both the standing and seated versions.
- Practice Time (20 minutes):
- Allow students to practice the full routine, offering support and corrections as needed.
- Play the song multiple times, encouraging students to dance along and get comfortable with the moves.
- Cool Down (10 minutes):
- Guide students through a cool-down session with stretches and relaxed breathing.
- Emphasize the importance of cooling down after physical activity.
- Final Performance (10 minutes):
- Have students perform the dance routine one last time, celebrating their effort and progress.
- Encourage a supportive and fun atmosphere.
8. Switch Adapted Version
- Congratulate students on learning the routine.
- Discuss what they enjoyed and what challenges they faced.
- Encourage continued practice and exploration of dance.
This lesson plan is designed to be inclusive and adaptable, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to participate and enjoy the experience of dancing to “Beat It.”