Sydney Studio Doing Pre-Ballet (and marketing) Right

Found: Big Steps Little Feet An Australian Dance Studio with an Inspiring Focus on Creative and Brain-Based Dance for Pre-Schoolers (and some really catchy marketing materials) After wasting a few moments of my life on a bogus top ten list for why some mom was enrolling her kid in pre-ballet, I found a gem of … Continue reading

Video How-To Resource for Teachers

is the at-home colleague I sometimes need. I often turn to Dance Teacher Magazine’s on-line collection of teaching videos. The variety is impressive: tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, modern, anatomy, creative movement, yoga for dancers! Click a picture for the link to Dance-Teacher.com. (The listing for the entire collection can be found here).       … Continue reading

So You Want: Musical Dance Stories for Kids? — Wee Sing

Teaching classes with young children? You’ll need a few go-to tracks; tracks that allow you to just push play and then dance through a story along with your little dancers.  Start Here!   Story Tracks with Clips of Classical Orchestra Music: 10 – The Toy Shop at Midnight 21 – A Walk Through the Forest … Continue reading

Dancing Holidays: HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a holiday that nearly all of my dancers get excited about! It is (almost) universally  inclusive, and I find that the same children who are attracted to dance class are attracted to Halloween for the make-believe & the crazy costumes. Below are my picks for bringing Halloween into the dance classroom…or dance into … Continue reading

4 More Infectious Books for Little Dancers

Unfortunately, not all dance-themed books actually invite children to get up and dance….but many do! A previous Unreasonable Joy post — Move “From Head to Toe” with an Eric Carle Book — introduced one of my favorite books to get young children wiggling and moving. Now here are 4 more books to read at home or … Continue reading

So You Want: Peppy, Smart Music for Kids? – Laurie Berkner

…check out The Laurie Berkner Band at laurieberkner.com. She regularly appears on Nick, Jr. with fun video versions of her “kindie rock” songs. You can find many of these on YouTube. I like her songs because they are often rhythmically and musically interesting with alternating paces and multiple instrument lines to keep little ears interested. … Continue reading

Move “From Head to Toe” with an Eric Carle Book

I love to show children my love of reading, so when my young dancers need a rest, I often pull out a book for a quick story time. Sometimes the transition back to dancing can be a rough one if the kids are particularly drained…but not with this book! Top 3 Reasons I Love From … Continue reading

Sketch Book: Fairy Costumes

3 Ways to Freeze Dance – Without “Outs”

Children seem to LOVE Freeze Dance… . …and I seem to hate being a “judge” of who is moving or not after the music stops. I’m all for games, but I prefer to play games that reinforce what we’re learning in class and ones allow everyone to participate for the entire time, rather than having … Continue reading

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