As you know, I am teaching a Jane Austen class - we are reading Pride and Prejudice and we are discussing the book as well as learning about the culture of the regency period.
I ordered a dvd that teaches the English country dances to children, from the English Folk Dance and Song Society located in London. Their web address is www.efdss.com This program came with a cd of just the music and a booklet as well.
I watched part of it the other day and in just a few quick minutes they have children dancing! It looks so fun. The first dance they teach in "phrases" of 16 counts. They teach the different moves to 8 beat movements and then put them all together. It is going to be so fun.
Today, I am going to introduce it to my girls - my darling enthusiastic students. They may be reluctant to do this at first especially in front of others, but I think it will be ok.