'This woman was born to teach - absolutely inspiring teaching,
Headteacher, Tavistock Area
'Totally uplifting - great fun for all involved'
School teacher, Holsworthy Area
'Jessica was absolutely fab for all of us, inc. special needs students - 10/10!'
Workshop participant (TA)
Jessica has over ten years dance teaching experience. She specialises in providing cross-curricular learning opportunities for primary schools, and offers a wide variety of dance options to suit each educational setting.
Jessica has worked in over 20 primary schools across Devon, including Bridgerule, Exbourne, Gulworthy and Lamerton, Hatherleigh, Mary Tavy, Northlew, Okehampton, Halwill and Ashwater. She also works with foundation and early years, as well as older children at secondary and further education levels, and has previously worked with GCSE Dance students at Braunton and Pilton Colleges. Due to expanding need, Jessica now has a team of professional dance instructors enabling her to cover more schools in more areas.
WHAT WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE?
NEW FOR 2020:
All workshops are Covid-19 compliant - risk assessments and policies in place.
All workshops are also AVAILABLE ONLINE - pre-recorded or live via Zoom.
Jessica's dance workshops are very flexible to each school's requirements. Jessica Squire has a team of qualified and experienced dance instructors who can offer:
One-off workshops (single session, multi-session, half-day, whole day, arts weeks)
Termly or half-termly sessions (on a weekly basis)
After-school dance clubs
Jessica's most popular workshops with schools are her unique cross-curricular movement workshops, taking topics from the classroom and exploring them through dance.
Examples of previous workshop themes have included:
Around the World (country/salsa/African/Indian)
Dance Through Time (from Charleston to Street)
Famous for more than 5 minutes
The Potting Shed/Growing
Under the Sea
Victorians - Industrial Revolution
Weather and Climate
World War II
Not sure on a theme?
Jessica also runs dance fitness style workshops and dance sessions that are suitable for P.E. classes, and also wake 'n' shake style workouts.
She has a wide range of dance styles on offer, including Street Dance, Bollywood and Charleston. Popular variety blocks are - Around the World or Dance Through Time.
One of her most popular after school dance club options is to explore a different style of dance each week, and the final week parents can be invited to watch an informal showcase of what the children have learnt.
Nativities and School Plays
Want help choreographing dances for your school production? Jessica has over ten years experience teaching nativity and school dances. Effective, simple dances choreographed to your music, making your performances stress-free and stand out spectaculars!
Wow days and topic kick-starters
These one-off workshops are ideal for enthusing your pupils as they start a new topic, or as a celebration when the project or topic comes to a close. Also great for a reward, or to give teachers time for meetings, appraisals, training, or planning. An optional celebration assembly can follow the workshop or day (with or without parents).
Jessica also offers workshops for all the family, and these are fun, heart-warming sessions, bringing generations together, helping the home/school relationship, and improving teamwork and relationships through problem solving, sharing and promoting praise. It is a time for parents to spend working with, and being active with their children too. Jessica has delivered family sessions through Learn Devon and independently.
How do I book?
Please contact Jessica for more information, using the details or form below. Prices are available on request, contact Jessica for a quote. Guide price from £35 per workshop. Multi-booking and regular bookings discounts. Travel fees may apply.
Jessica is fully insured (PLI up to £10 million), has an up to date Devon County Council Enhanced DBS, and over ten years dance teaching experience.
Dance Teaching Experience
ABOUT JESSICA SQUIRE
Jessica Squire is a freelance dance teacher, who has over ten years experience working with all ages and abilities.
Jessica has PLI insurance of up to £10 million, a Devon County Council Enhanced DBS, safeguarding Level 2, Emergency First Aid at Work, and a full clean British driving licence.
Jessica is based in Devon, but has taught dance in four continents, and one of her aims in life is to teach dance in every continent, and in as many countries as possible. She has a BA Honours degree in Dance (1st) and English Literature (2.1), and her modules included studying the anatomy, dance history, safer dance practice, choreography and performance.
Jessica is vibrant and energetic, and her infectious enthusiasm inspires children to dance. She can captivate an entire class, is fantastic at adapting sessions to make sure they are a fully accessible to all abilities and has experience working with children with SEN and/or behavioural issues.
Jessica has worked on a self-employed basis for a number of companies, including BBC Blast, Bounce Studios, Devon Arts in Schools Initiative (Daisi), Dance in Devon, Entertainingly Different, Exim Dance Company, Learn Devon, Novato Dance, Okehampton Community Recreational Association (OCRA), The Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA), Seize the Moment Ltd., and Stagecoach (Performing Arts).
As well as teaching dance, Jessica is still active in the performing arts industry. She is part of a professional 1940s style close harmony trio, The Hummingbirds (www.thehummingbirdstrio.co.uk). She also performs regularly with Entertainingly Different (www.entertaininglydifferent.com), and was a founding partner and director of her own dance company and show-team, Dartmoor Dance Company. She was a professional dancer at Disneyland Paris, and with Bourne Leisure, and played principal girl for Chaplins Pantos. Jessica also performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in 2012, and has appeared on television and in films in various roles.
Dance is unique.
Dance falls under the sports and arts umbrellas, improving fitness and wellbeing alongside creativity, confidence and communication.
It can aid physical development, co-ordination and spatial awareness, and promote healthy lifestyles.
Dance is very inclusive, and can really engage kinaesthetic learners who may not be as focused in the classroom.
Dance can promote self esteem, and improve listening, negotiation, problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills.
To book Jessica or one of her team for a performance or workshop, or for more information,
please contact Jessica Squire via email, telephone, or fill out the form below.