Again From the Top! – Tips for Rehearsing Young Dancers for Body Memory

Seasoned Dancers and Teachers Know: The Body Has to Remember the Steps without the Mind’s Constant Input Before the Real Performance Can Begin An excerpt of NYC Ballet Principal Jennifer Ringer’s recent memoir is making the internet rounds. In it, Ringer describes the repetition a professional ballet dancer must go through to anchor all the … 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

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

Found: Children’s Song & Hand Game Database

In the Reference Links section on the sidebar of Unreasonable Joy there is a website I just can’t let you overlook. The King County Library System in Washington state has complied an amazing database of children’s rhymes, games, and songs here…including many videos like the 2 gems below, both illustrating the song, “Bananas, Unite!” Enjoy!¬† … Continue reading

How I Introduce: The Sleeping Beauty

Pre-ballet can encompass an amazing scope. Yes, I teach 1st position, pointed ankles, ballet skips, posture at the barre, standing in line, sharing props, how to not eat your ballet skirt during class, and also, dance history. Not all of my little ones will go on to dance through high school or beyond, but they … Continue reading

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