Rhythm & Isolations with the Picture Book: Cha-Cha Chimps

I fell for Cha-Cha Chimps the first time I read it to my son. This raucous little rhyming countdown book by Julia Durango (illustrated by Eleanor Taylor) is made for little movers. (Recommended for preschool through lower grade classes…ages 2-9.)   Like the Bojangles book Rap A Tap Tap (which I blog about here), Cha-Cha … 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

6 Costumes for the New School Year

Dancers & dance teachers on a school year schedule are heading back into the studio to meet their new classes. I always use the week before classes start to round up some new music and peruse some of the latest costumes to get re-inspired. I won’t be picking out any “June Show” music & costumes … 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

In Celebration of National Tap Dance Day

National Tap Dance Day, celebrated on the birthday of legendary tapper Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, is May 25th…this Friday in 2012! How does one get a National Day named for something you love?? Well, it seems you need a representative in congress who is also excited about it. In 1989, Representative John Conyers of Michigan and … Continue reading

Get Them Tapping with a Bojangles Book!

I love this book.  I love the writing, the rhythm, the brevity, the pictures, the subject…love.  The first time I read it, I was having a horrible substitute teaching day at an Oakland elementary school and this book was a little beacon on the reading rack. I read it to the kids, and went home … Continue reading

Rockin’ Nursey Rhymes for Youngin’s – Jack Hartmann

A good hunk of the children’s music out there—especially in the nursery rhyme category—is not only hum-drum for dancing to, but is practically intolerable for adults to listen to at all.  The cd below, Rhymin’ to the Beat, I use for my young tappers all the time! If you teach very young hip-hop, you might also … Continue reading

Found: Teaching Running Fa-laps Video

In my browsing I found this great little video on teaching Running Flaps….the essential, and often tricky for newbies, tap step. I’m always ready to watch someone else explain it!! (Click picture at Left for link to the video) I’d also like to try out this 5 & 6 count shuffle combo. I use 4-8 … Continue reading

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