Physical Education Class Safety Tips Part 11 (Dance, Dodge Ball, Tag

Dance or rhythmic activity refers to the movement of the body. As an art form, it is usually used as a means of social expression and uses music as one of its major elements. Dance as an activity can be presented either in spiritual or performance setting.

Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between human beings, either as individuals or as a group. Dance also represents culture, and it is universal in terms of expression.

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and moral constraints and range from functional movement to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience; it can also be ceremonial. Dancing has evolved into many styles like break dancing and krumping which are related to the hip hop culture. African dance is interpretative. Ballet, Ballroom, Waltz, and Tango are classical styles of dance while square dance and the electric slide are forms of step dances.

In Physical Education classes, the following should be noted regarding dance safety both by teachers and students.

Safety Rules for Dance & Rhytmic Activities


  • Electrical equipment must be in a good working conditions, having it checked before use is better.
  • No rhythmic clubs may be used at the elementary level.
  • Clothing and Footwear

  • Bare feet are permitted.
  • Gymnastic slippers or running shoes.
  • Facilities

  • Peferrably large gymnasium free from obstacles.
  • Special Rules/Instructions

  • Instruct students in the safe use of equipment.
  • Modify activity to the age and ability of performer.
  • Supervision

  • On-site supervision is required for rhytmic activities.
  • In-the-area supervision is required for dance.
  • Safety Rules for Dodge Ball & Tag Games

    Having fun is nice but having fun while having an exercise or a routine is better like Dodge ball. It is like any other games in which players try to hit other players on the opposing team with balls. Also doing tag games is a fun thing to do especially for school kids with their friends. Knowing the right things to do will help you to be safe and to keep on going with the game.


  • A soft ball and must be used for dodge ball games
  • An appropriate partially deflated ball may be used
  • Clothing/Footwear

  • No Jewelry allowed during the game
  • Facilities

  • Playing area must be free from any obstruction like chairs, table and other.
  • All access/exit doors must be closed during the game
  • Special Rules or Instructions

  • Rules for contact of the ball must be in place like below the waist or below the knees.
  • Activities must be modified based on the skill and age level of the participant.
  • Supervision

  • Constant Visual Supervision
  • As has always been noted in this article series, consideration for student safety must be prioritized. The use of proper sporting equipment is highly encouraged and students must also be motivated to study safety measures from the best sport books available.