CHILDREN at Hillarys Community Kindy have been learning South African gumboot dancing.
The kindergarten will hold a family dance night on August 25, where children can show off their dance skills.
“Dance is a big part of our program because it is a fun, social way to strengthen and reinforce gross motor skills, balance, crossing the midline and using both sides of the brain,” head teacher Alison Ford said.
“These are all skills that are still developing in kindergarten children but their strength will determine how well they transition to using and manipulating a pencil as they move into a more formal phase of their learning.
“Music also supports our early literacy program and so again it is a way of reinforcing early skills in a fun way that is age appropriate.
“The children enjoy inviting their families into the centre to show them and teach them the dance steps.
“The gumboot dance originates from South Africa, where our committee president Hazel Jooste is from. It was a dance done by workers after a hard day in the mines.
“She thought it would be fun to teach it to the children.”