'This woman was born to teach - absolutely inspiring teaching, what enthusiasm!' Headteacher
'Totally uplifting - great fun for all involved' School teacher
'Jessica was absolutely fab for all of us, inc. special needs students - 5/5 ' Workshop participant
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 and Winkleigh. She also works with older children at secondary and further education levels, and has previously worked with GCSE Dance students at Braunton and Pilton Colleges. New for 2018 - due to expanding need, Jessica now has a team of professional dance instructors so that she can cover more schools in more areas.
What is on offer?
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 generic dance workshops suitable for the P.E. syllabus.
She has a wide range of dance styles on offer, including Street Dance, Bollywood and Charleston.
One of her 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 five years experience teaching nativity and school dances. Effective, simple dances choreographed to your music, making your performances stress-free and stand out.
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 to culminate a project coming 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 too).
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.
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 £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, Novato Dance, Okehampton Community Recreational Association, 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 1940s style close harmony trio, The Hummingbirds (www.thehummingbirdstrio.co.uk), performs regularly with Entertainingly Different, and is a founding partner and director of her own dance company, The 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, and has appeared on television and in films.
Dance is unique. It falls under the sports and arts umbrellas, improving fitness and well being 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.