Exercise through dance 1

Warm up your body and dance to the beat with this fun inclusive exercise and movement session set to Smokey Robinson’s “Sweet Harmony”. Remember to take things at your own speed, and rest whenever you need to. 

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sports activity that helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch by exploring mindfulness, relaxation and movements, supporting self-expression, individuality and understanding.

How to take part

Watch the video below.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Follow along with the warm up, stretching your arms, and folding forward over your knee, and stretching from side to side. Stretch your neck and raise one arm at a time over your head. Make a shelf with your arms and holding them still, slowly spiral twist around your body. Watch the teacher to see how. 

Step 2

Begin swinging your arms up and down at alternate times, then pretend you’re jogging on the spot, moving your arms and shoulders. Continue stretching along with the teacher, warming up your hips and the rest of your body.

Step 3

Begin learning the fun dance sequence, including ‘the Hitchhiker’ movement which uses your thumb, and ‘the Dog’ and ‘Backstroke’.

This activity was created by dance school Para Dance.