The syllabus has been designed to develop real learning outcomes such as rhythm and timing, balance, co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills; to build the foundations of dance with a sound structure, catchy tunes and supporting the early years foundation stages, but most important of all it is fun!
DISCO DUCK was founded in 2009 by Amanda Hughes. Amanda, a professional dancer, has been operating ‘Dance-Beat’ for over 20 years.
Her work includes many choreography projects and syllabus creation. She has choreographed shows, worked with well known celebrities and learnt the most important thing of all - how to communicate effectively with others, which has been the most useful thing of all as a teacher.
Amanda also writes on child fitness for Mothercare:and contributes regularly in magazines and newspapers, including, The Guardian, Prima Baby and Practical Parenting Magazine to name but a few.
Amanda has used her qualifications to expand her experience. She is now a Fellow and Examiner with the ISTD and as well as running a very busy dance school she also does work for various community projects, including special needs, over 50`s and pre-school classes.
She has been a committee member for the Disco/Freestyle faculty, for 12 years, creating syllabi for the ISTD alongside her fellow committee members, including the QCF accredited graded examinations in Disco/Freestyle and their current project, the Street Dance Medal Test and professional syllabus, she is also a well known lecturer and choreographer.
She also has a professional company who have performed nationally and in Europe at various functions and exhibitions.
DISCO DUCK, the ultimate pre-school dance experience, written and created by ISTD Fellow and Examiner Amanda Hughes.
The benefits of Dance for Young Children are immense, writes Amanda Hughes to teach Children to Dance and discover the joy it brings is a real privilege! The list of qualities are endless:
Increased self esteem, co-ordination, balance and poise, concentration and the most important a real sense of fun!
Disco Duck has been created for these very things, watching young children come alive as music plays and the natural rhythm they seem to possess has to be developed.
Unlike other programmes for Pre-Schoolers Disco Duck has been created and lovingly put together from many years of Dance Teaching Experience.