Eleanor Robertson, our Dance Artist in Residence at Abbeyhill Primary School pictured here, has been adjusting and learning new ways to engage with her pupils virtually while delivering live classes from her living room and backgreen during this ‘new normal’ of teaching online.
We love her dance challenges (even on her birthday) but found her #InternationalDanceDay tribute to the key workers and NHS staff quite contagious. We caught up with her while looking forward to her residency as part of the Colony of Artists festival in September 2020. In her guest blog post here she writes:
“After piloting a baby ballet class online I decided to share my expertise with my pupils and went on to devise a new virtual programme of work to support early year learners. At this time, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, fellow teachers across Edinburgh were working together to provide weekly activities and resources based on Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to support all early years and Primary 1s transition to school. I, too was inspired to use parts of the story in my virtual class to support the many pupils across the city to have the same learning journey.”
“I used ballet techniques as the underlying dance style for the class and incorporated the main narrative elements of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by introducing props to represent the journey. The class can be played back, paused and has the freedom for all young learners and their families to create their own bear hunt dancing journeys at home.”
“I hope that during this time which could be so isolating and confusing for young learners across the city, I have offered them the same shared experience. I hope that my dance class had inspired many a little bodies and minds to imagine, create and discover how they move through Michael Rosen’s much loved story.”
You, too, could be inspired by Eleanor’s Bear Hunt dance class by replaying it at any time and even by joining in the conversation on Twitter @missrob_dance