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Keeping Dance Breaks Fun and Safe: Tips Sheet

  1. Make sure you will be dancing on a non-slippery surface.
  2. Remove potential tripping hazards, such as cables and wire, and ask students to push in their chairs.
  3. Have students stand apart from classmates so that they can perform the dance moves without injuring self or others.
  4. Create a designated dancing area so students know where to go without taking away too much time from their studies.  
  5. Assess if any students have health conditions (such as joint problems or asthma) that may prevent them from participating in dance breaks.
  6. Be enthusiastic, use positive reinforcement, and have fun with your students.
  7. Don’t forget to stretch! After dance breaks, stretching helps students get cool and calm before returning to their seats.


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