Most of the units in KS2 start with the introduction of a DDMIX genre. You can use the introduction activity to give the children the opportunity to put their own stamp on the theme, giving them a boost of confidence before they sample the DDMIX key movements. There are at least 4 key movements in every genre and they are designed to be fun and easy to deliver giving the children plenty of movements to keep them active throughout. Once they have learnt the 4 key movements, they go on to introduce skills such as Canon, Unison, speed, level, direction, or applying dynamics to both these movements and on movements that they have created themselves.

Here we will show you key movements, how to deliver them and examples of how develop the movements.

Please note, all of the genres are found broken down in videos found in the Resources section of this website. In order to prevent you having to navigate away from the page, we have included a few below to help you along whilst you are using this training section.


Below we have included a few extra tips to give you more options to simplify the movements. 

When you are initially introducing the movements, you can demonstrate to the children as below, following with the stations to give the children opportunity to focus on each movement on its own. This will also give you the chance as the teacher to visit all of the stations, helping the children and applying differentiation if required in a fun environment whilst the other children carry on.

Once the children have sampled the key movements you can start to develop by adding elements. Here we are working with formation and direction followed by applying change of level to one key movement.

Here you can go on to using freeze frames (you can use an extension of the game ‘what shape can you make’) in order to help create and introduce narrative

It is important to give the children plenty of opportunity to create their own movements and sequences. Here we see an example of using narrative to create a sequence which can be added to our 1980s dance. As you will see in the lesson plans, there is further opportunity to add elements and changes to the sequences to keep the children moving and giving them as much opportunity to learn as possible.


Below we have included a few extra tips to give you more options to simplify the movements. 

Again you can use stations to help the children explore the movements, giving you the opportunity to help them individually.

Line dance uses both unison and formation from the beginning. You can work with skills such as mirroring to both help the children practise movements, work with direction and work together as a team. 

From here children can create their own line dances within groups, apply dynamics and join up with other groups to create longer sequences.

Please remember to take a look at the Schemes of Work at your earliest opportunity so that you see how this all fits in to your lessons. Just remember, please make sure that you feel comfortable with the movements. As long as you are happy and have lots enthusiasm the children will go for it. You can encourage them individually or as a group to make certain movements more difficult. The most important thing is to keep the children moving.


Below we have added two more genres broken down below; the African and the Charleston, but remember all of the genres can all be found broken down in the resources section of this website. 


Below we have included a few extra tips to give you more options to simplify the movements.


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