Synergy Dance® is a mixed dance fitness program for boys and girls (infants, juniors and teens) in schools and leisure centres.
We are also developing an outreach program for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) & disabilities in our mission, to be wholly inclusive.
Keeping children & teens fit and healthy is our driving force. We need your help to grow and reach more children and young people with our inclusive and fun dance program.
Our purpose is to reach those children and young people who may be less suited to team sports and prefer a dance option to keep fit – both in mainstream and disability sectors. We want to keep the next generation healthy.
What do we do?
*We provide inclusive, creative, fun and effective mixed dance classes.
*We supply schools, clubs and leisure centres with:
*Dance classes, after school clubs, holiday courses, themed workshops and themed dance parties for infants, juniors and teens.
*We are developing an outreach program for Speical Educational Needs and children with disabilities
*We supply off peak sessions for Home Educated children.
To see what it is all about please read the article below and watch our film clip here where you may place your vote:
We offer a taste of many different dance styles, from Break Dance and Street to Disco and Cheer leading, inspired by the aim to synergise the many different dance forms; a unique and ground breaking effect.
The main styles at Synergy Dance® are Street, Break Dance, Jazz, Synergy® Football anthems™, Ballroom & Latin routines, Dance Acrobatics, Cheer Leading and Disco. We also theme our routines to keep in touch with trends. Our program content and music is regularly updated. Our company signature is to offer a taste of different dance styles in one class, with a mix of dance games and fitness drills to keep children engaged.
You can view our program on the Exercise Move Dance website:
Joining the Dance: Synergy in life and leisure
Are dance courses reaching all children? As a parent you may be concerned that your child is not getting enough exercise in their school or leisure time. By driving to school and sitting at a desk they may be falling short of the recommended one hour per day of physical activity.
You may be finding it hard to find a class suitable for your boy who is keen to dance and doesn’t like football… or your child who has Special Needs but is struggling to find the right class… Or your child who hasn’t taken to mainstream ballet and tap… Or your toddler or teen, who would rather play on his or her tablet than get moving – we are striving for balance between technology and activity.
The number of people taking part in dance classes worldwide is increasing, with dance allowing people to be more active, socialise within local communities and develop creative skills. In the UK we recently learned from Angela Rippon, the additional benefit that dance keeps us young! If there is one message to come out of the How to Stay Young programme, it is that we should all be hitting the dance class. (How To Stay Young, BBC1, Thursday, 9pm). Dance improves aerobic capacity, balance and spacial awareness. The need to remember steps exercises vital parts of the brain. There are numerous benefits ranging from increasing your amount of daily exercise to making new friends with shared interests. Other benefits include reduced stress levels, improved relaxation, stronger bones and muscles and helping to control body weight.
Guidelines for exercise in children
In the European Union the weekly exercise targets for children are currently set at a minimum of 1 hour per day for children (and at least 30 minutes, five times a week, for adults).
These targets for our children can easily be met by attending dance classes, dance parties or workshops, which fit into the school timetable or leisure time via leisure centres. Innovative dance classes offering a range of dance styles in one class offer an alternative for children who may not consider themselves as ‘sporty’.
Dance classes which offer a mix of different dance styles provide children with variety and fun: also, with the idea of teamwork and group choreography, students also learn to become team players. Often personal attitudes take a back seat for the good of the group. Building self-confidence, creativity and knowledge contribute towards a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Inclusive, high-energy classes which appeal to boys and girls of all levels and abilities also enable children release energy and stress. Children can learn many dance styles, and the history of those, as well as learning how to break down steps; from ‘base step’ to performance. A selection of dance styles can offer insight into other cultures, either through the dance style itself or meeting new friends. These classes are also a great way to learn social skills, such as respect and taking turns.
Improvisation, dance games and flexible teaching styles can enhance the learning and dance experience for every group, improving memory, creative skills, coordination and musicality.
Science says your classroom needs more dance parties
According to very recent research there is increasing evidence that we need to increase physical activity inside of our schools and our classrooms.
Dance parties or mini sessions (Synergy Brain Breaks™) can form part of the classroom agenda and serve as a powerful incentive for pupils – and can help to stimulate attention and performance, by getting the heart pumping before mainstream classroom sessions.
Our wide variety of Synergy Dance Parties™ and Synergy Brain Breaks™ make it simple for teachers to bring more movement (and more brain power) to the classroom in five minute slots or for up to an hour.
Some children may find it difficult to engage in group activities. Our instructors are experienced in using activities which will attract the children into the group, so that taking part becomes a fun experience. This is done in close collaboration with the staff at each school or with parents, for classes in leisure time.
Our flexible and responsive teaching styles allow for children to be observed as individuals so that language and teaching style has a good effect on all students. Working together and supporting each other in class through improvisation, creativity, dance games and patience in forming routines, leads to each child’s personal best and a climate where they can strive for excellence.
Summary: The Benefits of Synergy Dance
* Our inclusive, high-energy classes are suitable for boys and girls of all levels and abilities. Classes enable children to keep fit and active, whilst releasing energy and stress. Children can learn many dance styles, and the history of those, as well as learning how to break down steps; from ‘base step’ to performance. The classes are also a great way to make new friends and learn social skills, such as respect and turn-taking. We build self-confidence, creativity and knowledge and our classes contribute towards a healthy and happy lifestyle.
* Impro-Dance™ (freestyle, participant-led sections), dance games and flexible teaching styles enhance the learning and dance experience for every group, improving memory, creative skills, coordination and musicality.
* Our Brain Breaks™ sesssions (of 5-15 mins duration) before school also stimulate learning and activity levels, for in house curriculum classes and after school clubs.
* With children’s busy lives, our classes are designed not to be competitive, rather they are supportive, fun, challenging and exciting to all who attend.
* Some children may find it difficult to engage in group activities. Synergy instructors are experienced in using activities which will attract the children into the group, so that taking part becomes a fun experience. This is done in close collaboration with the staff at each school or with parents, for classes in leisure time.
* Our flexible teaching styles allow for children to be observed as individuals so that language and teaching style has a good effect on all students. Working together and supporting each other in class through improvisation, creativity, dance games and patience in forming routines, leads to each child’s personal best and a climate where they can strive for excellence.
*With encouragement and support to be physically creative, many young teens with low self-esteem develop the courage to move through rhythm, become eager to perform and discover something new about themselves. New friendships are made and both teacher and students benefit from the journey of learning new skills.
*With the idea of teamwork and group choreography, students learn to become team players. Often personal attitudes take a back seat for the good of the group.
Companies that aim to integrate dancers with and without disabilities, can create and perform “mixed-ability” dance as an inclusive art form on a year-round basis.
By Rachael Hurton, founder and creator director of Synergy Dance®, which aims to provide a mixed dance scheme which supports an environment where children and young people have space and freedom to grow, learn new skills, keep fit and make friends. Please support us with your vote so we can reach more children and teens with more free workshops in schools to promote healthy living and subsidised dance classes in schools.