Objective: To teach students the Waka Waka dance, offering both seated and standing options for accessibility and inclusivity.
- Space for dancing
- Chairs for seated participants
- Audio equipment for playing “Waka Waka” by Shakira
- Visual aids for dance moves
Introduction (5 minutes):
- Introduce the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira.
- Discuss the cultural significance and popularity of the song.
- Explain the lesson’s objective and the availability of seated and standing options.
Warm-Up (10 minutes):
- Lead students through a general warm-up routine to prepare their bodies for dancing.
- Teach Dance in Sections (20 minutes):
- Break down the dance into manageable sections.
- Teach each section step by step, first demonstrating and then having students follow.
- Offer modifications for seated and standing versions for each section.
- Practice Each Section (20 minutes):
- Practice each section with music, starting slowly and gradually increasing to the actual tempo.
- Rotate between standing and seated demonstrations to ensure all students are engaged and able to follow.
- Combine Sections (15 minutes):
- Slowly combine the sections into one continuous routine.
- Start without music, then add music once students feel comfortable.
- Full Dance Practice (10 minutes):
- Practice the full dance routine several times with music.
- Encourage students to express themselves and enjoy the rhythm.
Cool Down (10 minutes):
- Lead a cool-down session with gentle stretching and relaxation exercises.
Reflection and Feedback (5 minutes):
- Allow students to share their experiences and thoughts about the dance.
- Provide feedback and acknowledge their efforts and progress.
Adaptations for Special Needs:
- Ensure visual aids are clear and visible to all students.
- Use hand signals or other non-verbal cues for students with hearing difficulties.
- Adapt movements to be more or less challenging based on individual student needs.
- Thank students for their participation and enthusiasm.
- Encourage them to practice the dance at home and share it with friends and family.
- Be mindful of students’ comfort levels and physical limitations.
- Foster an inclusive and positive environment where all students feel welcome and capable.