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A dance workshop that inspires young people to move

So You Think You Can Muuv?

Helsinki, Finland
The dance workshop aims to combat lack of students’ physical activity, which has been on the rise in nearly all welfare states. The purpose of the dance workshops is to inspire all students to move open-mindedly: all movement is dance and everyone has the right express themselves through movement. Dance not only gets young people excited about moving, but also encourages self-expression and boosts class spirit.
Introduction

What is it all about?

“Young people need motivation to move. For motivation to arise, inspiration is needed. Dance workshops are designed to serve as inspiration for young people.”

- Sonja Lipponen, Production Coordinator

Dance provides young people an experience of agency. With dance, young people not only challenge themselves physically, but also by learning to work in a group. It also helps overcome preconceived ideas about your own body. In addition, working in a group will increase a sense of togetherness among the group.

Dancing is a great foundation, as it supports a positive attitude towards your own body.

In dance, motion is combined with music, allowing the expression of emotions that cannot be put into words. Dance increases not only physical, but also to mental and social well-being. Dance and movement improve the student's social self-image as the student feels that they are accepted as part of a group.

So You Think You Can Muuv? is a dance workshop concept based on introducing ways of moving where students are encouraged to be physically active on their terms.

During the workshop, professional dancers will show how fun and easy moving can be. The workshop's focal points are high-quality dance performances and an encouraging approach to young people's own physical activity.

The positive experience created by the dance workshop will support well-being and lead toward an active lifestyle. During dance workshops, it is important that each student can move and express themselves in accordance with their own starting level, skill level and willingness. The primary goal is to get students to experiment with something new with an open mind, and to introduce them through the art of dance to the world of expressing movement

Someone’s example can be of great influence and the meaning of role models is emphasized when it comes to young people. Professional dancers present their skills at the beginning of the workshop and thus act as strong examples for the students. The intention isn’t for all students to become professional dancers, but the main goal is to inspire them to move. By setting students an example they are encouraged and willing to try new things. In addition, with the help of professionals, students get will understand that their own level is adequate and that their ideas can be good.

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Innovation Overview
11 - 15
Age Group
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Children/Users
1
Country
2016
Established
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2 classes (max. 50 students). Duration of the workshop: 1 h 15 min. Collaboration with The Finnish National Opera and Ballet and Ballet Finland.
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Innovativeness

Dance supports creativity, body awareness and helps overcome prejudices.

Impact

Dance workshops support students’ creativity and guide them towards different hobbies.

Scalability

The dance workshop can be organized anywhere in collaboration with local dance professionals.

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Beginning collaboration
You can organize a dance workshop with a local dance organization or dance instruction provider.
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Preparations for the dance workshop
Remember the following when preparing a dance workshop:
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The structure of the So You Think You Can Muuv? Dance workshop
A good length for a workshop is about an hour - in that time you can learn enough, create your own choreographies without the students becoming bored.
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