As the new school year begins, I thought we’d experiment with a new look for the PE Update blog. And to kick off our new look (which I may change at any minute, by the way) here’s a video demonstrating the latest fitness craze.
OK, maybe not a “craze,” but this workout combines walking and dancing and can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels. And it can be performed anywhere with no special equipment, as long as you can play music. So your students can use it walking between classes (with apologies to your principal), to and from school, and to the corner store to pick up a loaf of bread.
Watch the later segments and you’ll see how group dance walking looks. It’s a great way to make an impression in your local downtown. And who knows, a dance walk around school grounds has all the elements you need for a fun PE class!
This topic might seem like a bit of a stretch for a physical education blog, but, well…it does involve a varsity runner, dancing and goal-setting. It’s inspirational. And besides, it’s hilarious.
One of my university runners, Jenna Thornber, has, for over a year, had the goal of winning an invitation to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen includes dancing in many of her segments, and Jenna thought she’d attract Ellen’s attention by posting YouTube videos of herself dancing in strange situations. So, she posted videos in which she danced in a downtown shopping mall, in the middle of the busiest intersection in Toronto, in a university lecture hall (during a lecture), and more.
I think many people thought it was just a joke and didn’t take Jenna seriously. After all, a girl from a small town in Ontario appearing on the Ellen Show? Impossible.
But, in January 2012, Ellen announced an official dance video contest to win an appearance on her show. The contest, called Ellen’s Dance Dare, involved videos in which the contestants must dance behind unsuspecting people. For Jenna, it was a situation where preparation meets motivation meets opportunity.
So, having several video productions under her belt, Jenna went to work and created a dancing video masterpiece. A student at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Jenna had the perfect venue for ambush-dancing. Her video showed her dancing behind a professor during a lecture, behind an unsuspecting student at a urinal, popping from a laundromat dryer, squirm-dancing beneath a bench-presser, and much more!
And guess what. – on Thursday February 2nd, two clips from Jenna’s video appeared on the Ellen Show. One clip showed her peaking around the corner of a public bathroom then dancing behind a student at a urinal – it received the biggest laughs of all the contestant clips that were featured. The other clip showed her dancing behind a diver on a high tower.
She shared the episode with First Lady, Michelle Obama, who I assume watched the Jenna’s video along with Ellen and millions of viewers.
Getting noticed by Ellen is the first step. The final step is to win the contest and a flight to California to meet Ellen on-air. Having seen a number of the other contestant videos, Jenna’s blows them out of the water!
Here’s the video – just don’t watch it at work – every time I see it , I end up laughing out loud.
And here’s the video of the Ellen segment with Jenna’s clips in it. Go to 5:40 to see the start of the segment.
Do you suffer from a lack of physical education equipment? Are your students always complaining that they can’t perform physical fitness activities because of that lack of equipment?
If so, show them this video. While innovative equipment can make classes more fun – and I wouldn’t advise your students to try these moves – here’s an amazing example of an incredible gymnastics-dance-tumbling-agility routine performed using nothing but a partner and some benches. Maybe it will inspire you to ask your students to create a fun (but safe) fitness routine using common equipment in your school, like chairs, benches, tables and mats.
Are you looking for some dance moves to teach your class…or just something for the dance floor at your niece’s wedding? Check out this funny video as it tracks 5 decades of popular dance moves from the 50’s to the end of the 20th century. And while the video is funny, it does provide a visual illustration of popular music and corresponding dance styles as they have evolved over those 50 years.