DANCE MUSIC + MOVEMENT = FUN
“Movement to music makes children come alive and changes the way they feel. With the DDMIX program, kids get an exciting and diverse learning experience that is physical, aerobic and high time on task. These benefits should be enjoyed by every child. Dance fitness can stimulate the child’s interest in sport, in the arts and give them the confidence to explore their own creativity in other fields."Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, Creator of DDMIX
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The Key Stage 1 sessions are aimed at developing the key skills and elements of dance, introducing many themes that can be cross curricular.
In Key Stage 2, DDMIX dances are incorporated and used to develop their use of dynamics, character, narrative, group formation and many other devices.
The DDMIX genres taught across Key Stage 3 enable students to explore further cultural and historical contexts and key characteristics of the dance styles. Throughout all age groups, students learn set movements to develop their technical skills and also have opportunity to develop their own choreography.
For more options and for Key Stage 3 packages please get in touch.
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"I would like to thank the DDMIX team for allowing me to attend the DDMIX workshop recently. Both Giselle and Kelly were so enthusiastic and their passion for dance and the DDMIX programme was infectious.Mrs Bethan Hall, Head of Games and PE, Lincoln Minster School
At times dance workshops and CPD opportunities can be an intimidating experience and this dance workshop could not have been any further away from this. The focus of the session was inclusion for all and they provided examples as to how to create an atmosphere where children feel confident to express themselves and most importantly have fun! What was also refreshing was the focus being not on your own expertise and level of ability as a dance teacher, but on allowing pupils to put their own stamp on a dance choreography and take ownership, thus taking the emphasis off the teachers’ ability.
If Universities and Schools are looking for ways to develop teachers’ confidence in delivering dance as part of the PE curriculum or as a single subject, I can highly recommend DDMIX. It ticks all the boxes by showing examples of cross- curricular and SMSC links. Developing teachers will walk away from the workshop with practical examples that can be directly applied to the classroom and SOW, requiring no prior dance expertise. I am looking forward to seeing how my pupils will respond to the DDMIX content and feel confident to deliver this."
"We completed our first half term and it was brilliant. The children really enjoyed it and I enjoyed teaching it. We will be continuing in the Spring Term. I cannot tell you how much progress there has been since last year."Gemma Norman, Pe coordinator at Grange Park Junior School
"The children are really enjoying the sessions so far and getting a lot out of them so a massive thanks! "Emma Benham Albion Primary School
DDMIX is a social enterprise by Darcey Bussell. We want to work with you to get dance fitness into your school.
We will come to your school and train up your own teachers which we prefer to do. Your school will receive the Schemes of Work and our professional team will provide a breakdown of the Key Stages along with a thorough initial break down of genres. We have found after the training, the teachers feel confident with the key movements and genres regardless of previous dance fitness experience, encouraging more people to want to teach PE. This package is part of a yearly membership and with that you can receive support from DDMIX in the form of:
We can provide a peripatetic teacher who can come and deliver lessons, whether it be PPA cover for a day or just a half day of classes. (We also offer extra-curricular clubs which gives the children further access to our many genres).
We are passionate about giving all children the opportunity to get active and will provide the most appropriate package to suit your school.
We have a variety of packages because we appreciate that there is a variety of school budgets. Our standard full package is £1,000, but please contact the school team to discuss a package that’s best for you. This is valid for a year and includes 4 hours training from our professional team along with the Schemes of Work for KS1 and KS2, music, DVD, games and picture resources.
All of the package options can be split into two training sessions, for example 6 hours could be split into 2 x 3 hour sessions. This will give your staff time to absorb the information and movements from the 1st session and then if there are any questions or areas they want to feel more confident in, this can be covered in the 2nd session along with further training. We are here to make it work for you.
DDMIX are passionate about getting all children moving, but more importantly for them to enjoy exercise. DDMIX for Schools is a social enterprise so any profits are reinvested to get dance fitness into as many schools as possible.
DDMIX Dance fitness is movement to music NOT specialised dance
All the children need are a pair of trainers/it is a full body & mind workout
It is non-competitive, inclusive and diverse.
Designed to fit within a school’s PE curriculum
Fulfils the National curriculum requirements
It fits any UK school’s physical assets, all we need is a power source
Music is unique and created for DDMIX which the students absolutely love and it drives inclusivity as none of the children know the music, therefore no one can be excluded.
Our membership means you have support should you need any further help/assistance with the program whether it be with training, observations or even organising festivals. The classes are very high time on task, and therefore the children are moving within 60 seconds of entering the class for a group warm up.
Contact our Head of DDMIX for Schools Kelly Bennett on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07925174194 who will be happy to assist you with your bookings and enquiries.
Yes, if you are interest in booking one of our packages we would be more than happy to offer a complimentary taster session in the form of a school assembly or a 30-minute session with a specific year group. Please get in contact to organise this.
Darcey is actively involved with the Schools however, we cannot guarantee specific visits due to her incredibly busy schedule. However, we can say since the launch of the program she has visited a huge amount of schools, and will always try to get down to as many schools as she can to see the children in action.