Team Building through dance

Corporate Team Building Dance Program

"Dear Tony, Thanks for last Friday's dance class - it was fantastic! the team had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the activity, I have only received good feedback.

Cheers Kylie HBA Finance - Conference"

Dancing at the desk - Herald Sun Newspaper July 2006

Why Team Dancing?

Organizations look for Team activities for a range of reasons. Sometimes just for a fun get together or reward, others to build a bond and at the other end of the spectrum, to attempt to breakdown barriers between other Teams, work colleagues, supervisors or managers.

Team Dancing differs from all those other Team Building activities that 'try to make something from nothing' and that have been 'done to death'. It's indoor, it's flexible - our programs can be done at a conference venue, your workplace or Dance Studio in a CBD location.

Not only does it help workplace performance, it's holistic in nature. Participants can develop further skill, self esteem and confidence by continuing dancing as a social activity.

Compare some of the other options. What meaningful Team outcomes can be achieved from crashing into each other in a go-kart, bruising team mates with a 'paint ball' or running around in the dark and shooting unidentified team mates with a laser?

Who chooses the activity? At the heart of team work is consideration, consensus, compromise and 'sacrificing' personal considerations for those of the majority. If a Team member or a minority put their personal likes and dislikes ahead of the majority, it's a good indicator of those who may restrict and negatively impact on the growth and development of the Team.

Our corporate dance programs aim to develop work teams by enhancing communication, relationships, self-esteem and social awareness. Corporate members will strengthen key skills as they listen, learn, persevere, perform and encourage in a relaxed fun-filled environment.

Partnership dancing is one of the most effective methods to build trust in the work community and develop a greater team spirit. Obviously this kind of improvement will translate to greater productivity, increased profits and a positive caring work environment.  

Who conducts our programs?

Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been teaching the world to dance since 1912.

In Australia Arthur Murray studios have been established for over 25 years located in Sydney , Adelaide and Melbourne . All their studios operate full time with professionally trained instructors.

Arthur Murray dance choreography can be see in a number of big name dancing movies including Dirty Dancing, Strictly Ballroom, Saturday Night Fever and Shall We Dance.  

Specializing in Latin American, Rock n' roll and Ballroom dancing, our Victorian studios cater for those who have never set foot on a dance floor to the most advanced. Nobody makes learning to dance easier than Arthur Murray.

Aims and Objectives

The programs are completely flexible. The similarities of the work environment can be built into certain dance activities tailoring a program to your goals and objectives. E.g. A sales type environment may involve some competition dancing between staff members towards the end of the program.

Corporate team members will learn to confidently perform 6 of the most popular social dances.

During this process you staff will learn to trust their manager, supervisor or coach and team leaders will learn to operate on the same level as regular employees, resulting in improved communication and relationships amongst all staff members.

Broad Objectives:

  • Enhance team trust
  • Perseverance
  • Resolve team conflict
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication
  • Building of team confidence and esteem
  • Build Friendships
  • Fitness
  • Social Awareness
  • Fun

Dances Focused On:

Waltz

This "mother of all dances" originated in Italy in the 1600's as a round dance called the Volte. It arrived in America in the early 1800's and was the first social dance in which a woman was actually held in a man's arms. Learning to Waltz is elegant. The Waltz develops "graceful movement" and "poise". Every wedding reception, social "black-tie" formal and holiday party includes Waltz steps.

Swing

First known as the Lindy (in honor of Charles Lindberg and his historic hop across the Atlantic ), this perennially popular dance emerged in the late 1920's. It combined steps from the black bottom; it was also the Bop and Push, the Hustle and Boot Scoot, Shag, Charleston and Hop. During the war years it re-emerged on the East Coast as the Jitterbug-jive and on the West Coast as Swing. You can Rock and Roll with Swing.

Rumba

The Rumba is an ever increasingly popular romantic Latin dance dating back some 400 years ago, and is better know as the Latin 'get acquainted' dance or the dance with the wiggle. The Rumba sometimes substitutes for those in-between tempos and features a subtle or relaxed (lateral) hip motion and Latin styling. Rumba hip movements are used in most of the popular Latin dances as well as the free-style of disco and nightclub dancing.

Cha-Cha

An offshoot of the Mambo, the Cha Cha (originally the cha-cha-cha) evolved out of poplar movement in the slow-tempo Mambo called the Triple Mambo. By 1954 it had evolved into a dance all it's own. It's a must style to know, the all time   favorite Latin dance.

Fox-Trot

Created in 1912 by Harry Fox, the Fox Trot was the first dance that permitted people to hold each other closer than arm's length. If you think the term "dirty dancing" was a product of the 80's, think again. The Fox Trot was at first to be tagged "indecent behavior". Today it's still the most popular of all social dances. Some people refer to the Fox Trot as the "slow Dance" or the "two-step", or a "Conversational Dance" because of its closeness and conversation ability at the same time. The Fox Trot is good for developing "smoothness" and "ease of movement".

Salsa

A peppery version of the Mambo laced with steps from other Latin dances. The Salsa is performed to a fiery, faster tempo. Some call it a form of Latinized rock 'n' roll. It's high-energy and all fun.

Sample Programs

Half Day

  • 2.15 pm-2.25 pm: Welcome and explanation of aims and objectives
  • 2.25 pm-2.35 pm: Gentle warm-up
  • 2.35 pm-2.55 pm: Introduction of dance steps
  • 2.55 pm-3.00 pm: Five minute drink break.
  • 3.00 pm-3.20 pm: Dance Exercise: Leading and Following, balance, communication, body language and focus.
  • 3.20 pm-3.35 pm: Team Building : Swapping of partners, dance challenge.
  • 3.35 pm-4.45 pm: Application to business.
  • 4.45 pm-5.00 pm: Warm down and exit.

Consecutive Program

The program operates for 6 Consecutive weeks with classes running for 1.5 hours in duration. Classes occur on a week day that suits the organization most from 2:15pm-3:45pm.      

  • 2.15pm-2.25pm: Welcome and explanation of aims and objectives
  • 2.25pm-2.35pm: Gentle warm-up
  • 2.35pm-2.55pm: Introduction of dance steps
  • 2.55pm-3.00pm: Five minute drink break.
  • 3.00pm-3.20pm: Dance Exercise: Leading and Following, balance, communication, body language and focus.
  • 3.20pm-3.35pm: Team Building : Swapping of partners, dance challenge.
  • 3.35pm-3.45pm: Application to business.

Instruction

When considering the level of instruction, attention to detail and overall benefits of the program, our corporate dance packages are very competitive across the entire market.

The number of instructors depends on the number of corporate members participating.   

  • 1 Professional Instructor   (from 0-12 people)
  • 2 Professional Instructors (from 12-25 people)
  • 3 Professional instructors (from 25+ people)

Contact

Please contact us to discuss customising a program for your workplace:

Tony Legg: 0425752745
tonyslegg@iprimus.com.au

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In the field of teaching, he has both outdoors hands-on and classroom teaching skills.

Tony originally qualified in Outdoor education with the Victorian Education Department.

He is a certificated instructor in windsurfing, skiing and sailing, has taught hospitality and professional cookery at East Gippsland College of TAFE, was a catering and training manager in the wilds of New Guinea and taught professional cooking and Event Management at William Angliss Institute of TAFE in Melbourne

 

 

 

 

 


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