Dance Dance Revolution is a popular activitiy that is proven to maintain a participant's heart rate in the target heart rate zone. It promotes rhythm and reaction time by the individual. Each of these components are part of a quality Physical Education program.
A video screen, X-Box or Play station and dance pads which registers the participants moves provides motivation for the person to be active.
This program will be made available to my students in the morning before school. The goal is to increase students participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity, to increase reaction time and enjoyment.
3-4 dance pads will provide as many children at a time to participate and challenge themselves and/or compete with others in a healthy activity.
In a study last year, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that children playing Dance Dance Revolution expended significantly more energy than children watching television and playing traditional video games. West Virginia, which ranks among the nation’s leaders in obesity, diabetes and hypertension, has sponsored its own study and has taken the lead in deploying the game, which requires players to dance in ever more complicated and strenuous patterns in time with electronic dance music.
As a song plays, arrows pointing one of four directions — forward, back, left, right — scroll up the screen in various sequences and combinations, requiring the player to step on corresponding arrows on a mat on the floor. Players can dance by themselves, with a partner or in competition. (Though the game, which is made by Konami of Japan, began in arcades, it is now most commonly played on Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s Xbox game consoles.)