dance is a powerful way to introduce history to kids. Tying
to curriculum allows them to learn in a very different setting from the
traditional classroom, and brings history to life.
colonial workshop teaches students what colonial dance was
like and why it was important in colonial society. The students learn a
variety of historically accurate colonial steps and perform
age-appropriate colonial style dances. We come dressed in
costumes, and bring along recorded period music, which reduces the
expense to your school. We are located in Eastern
Massachusetts and would be happy to come to your school or
meeting-place to help introduce your students to this aspect of
the students enter, we explain why they would have wanted to learn to
dance if they lived in colonial times, and why their parents would have
wanted them to learn to dance. We teach an easy colonial-era
step, and follow this with progressively more difficult
Each student then takes another student as a partner, and learns a
dance in colonial style. The dances we teach have been
for 21st century kids from early American dances, require no girl-boy
pairing or hand-holding, and allow the kids to enjoy
The first dance is followed by either another colonial style dance or a
colonial singing game. The workshops take 45-60 minutes each
are done with one class at a time, one after another. The
classroom teachers stay with the class and participate in the dancing.
workshop gives students practice in moving to a musical beat, working
in a group, and learning and performing sequences of
By the end of the period, they have learned and performed a
variety of steps and a formation dance, and have learned more about
colonial society and how children of their age lived during the
colonial era. It is a wonderful sight to see 8 and 9 year
with no previous experience, thoroughly enjoying dancing a
“colonial” dance in less than an hour!
We provide teachers with an article about the history of dance, with
bibliography, to encourage classroom discussion.
addition to the workshops for all students, we can teach and rehearse a
core group of up to 24 students for a performance. We can
lead an all-school dance to both allow the students to demonstrate what
they learned and involve the entire school in the dancing.