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SMALL DANCES Merengue Instruction Video

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See Merengue Democlip for a possible end form

General Informations

Examples from the category SHORT DANCES contain short exercises with music that can be done as a warm-up or as an intro to the lesson. The exercises are designed and arranged in a way that they can be learned without a lot of prior experience and don`t necessarily lead to a certain dance style.

The emphasis is on varied work with music in combination with simple movements.

Target group: recommended level 4 (from age 13)

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music

Tips for implementation: 

  • It is also possible to use only parts of this sequence depending on the level of advancement of students (Please see "examples from schools" for a practical example)
  • When practising dance that requires a partner, students should change partners often so that the same students don`t always dance together. This ensures, for example, that students who are more advanced can help beginners (teamwork and coaching) and it adds some variety.
  • Different forms of organisation add variety and take some pressure off the teachers as the "presenters"
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • The leading person (the man) continuously decides which elements they want to perform. Possibly starting with only 3 patterns to choose from.

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading „Tips & methods“ > Music

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 120 - 135 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful.
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.