‘Ready Set Dance is an innovative program designed specifically to introduce young children to the world of dance. In each class teachers explore aspects of the Ready Set Dance curriculum through playful approaches which are responsive to the curiosity and imagination of young learners. The children respond with active and joyful engagement and participation that enables them to practice and refine the skills and capacities needed for dance. At the same time the children are extended across the various developmental domains of physical, cognitive, language and social development and use learning processes such as attending, remembering and problem solving. Through regular and sustained participation in Ready Set Dance classes children develop positive dispositions to learning such as enthusiasm, independence, concentration, persistence, co-operation and the three C’s of confidence, coordination, and creativity.
Ready Set Dance offers much to support the play and learning of young children in Australia and beyond.’ Dr Cathie Harrison is an early learning and gifted education consultant. Cathie has a diverse range of experience within education over thirty five years as a teacher, university lecturer, writer and researcher. Cathie has been a consultant to a number of early childhood, school, museum and community projects. Cathie has been an early childhood advisor to the ABC television program - Play School since 2000. Cathie’s contribution to early childhood education has been recognised in an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016 and an Excellence in Education award from the Australian College of Educators in 2017.