Lovely Picture Book Tribute to the “Madeline” Books: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Two Gems for Dancing, Book-Loving Families Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince Pay Homage to Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline Books Even casual acquaintances of the beloved Madeline series may remember well the famous opening rhyme: In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines Lived twelve little girls in two … Continue reading

Dance For Kindness 2014 – Sunday Nov. 9th

Dancing for a Deceptively Simple Cause: Ms. Linda’s local Dance For Kindness 10:00 am at the Lafayette Reservoir stage We are now all very familiar with the walks and runs for a cause–events organized to fight specific diseases or fund certain charities. But what is the point of a Dance for Kindness? From the organizers….Every … Continue reading

5 Modern Dance Books

5 beautiful books to introduce dancers to modern dance, dance history and famous dance artists. Enjoy! The Human Alphabet ~Pilobolus  “An alphabet made of… PEOPLE!” ~ A fun book for dancers young and old. Pilobolus dancers use their bodies and colorful costumes to make all the letters of the alphabet and a picture for each … Continue reading

Found: Cartoon Defense of Music & Dance Education

Why teach the arts? I wish this question didn’t need to be asked and answered so often. But since our culture does seem to require a defense of teaching music and dance…it’s nice to have little inspirational videos like this one that make the case for us. “One doesn’t make the end of the composition, … Continue reading

Teaching Meaningful Apologies

What makes a “good” apology? How can a child “say it like they mean it” if they haven’t yet learned how to “mean it”? How much class time should a dance teacher take up with working through apologies when we have so much choreography and technique to get through in an hour?   The schedule … Continue reading

National Water Dance – April 12, 2014

This April people around the country will be using their artistic bodies to bring awareness to W~A~T~E~R—-water safety, water magic, water conservation, water celebration. I am inspired by this face of dance…dance out of the studio and among citizens….dance that can help to “teach people to love the earth before we ask people to save … 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

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

Found: Template for Crafting a Bendable Dancer (+ Josephine Baker)

All you need to make this beautiful dancer is the pattern, a cereal box, scissors, paint, brads, and some patience! The Lait Frase site is in French, but you can get an English translation of the dancer craft here. The download for the pattern is at the end of the post….the link to the PDF … Continue reading

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