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

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

So You Want To: Learn More ’60s Moves?

The ’60s had some very dance-worthy songs and outfits… …but are you getting tired of rehashing the same pony step with swim arms? If you’re using music from Hairspray, Mamma Mia, or by The Beach Boys or any Motwon artist, here are some YouTube resources for your ’60s era choreography needs. First, the Pontani Sisters … 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

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

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

Birthday Post

Today is my birthday! Here is a video that makes me smile, and reminds me of how lucky I am to teach little spirited children for a living. This video was also my inspiration to buy 2 of the Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li’s cds and use some of the songs in my jazz … Continue reading

Found: Bollywood Deliciousness from SMASH

Bhangra and Bollywood dancing have a sweet spot in my heart. Maybe it’s the colors…or the head movements…or the unapologetic exuberance! In any case…enjoy!! . In Beauty,  ~Linda

How I Introduce: First Position

First position is harder than it looks…let this little girl show you! . . I love the teacher comment at the end…”It’s ok if your shoes aren’t doing it.” …and also all the ways the little girl tries to “fix” the problem. You can see her little mind and body piecing it out. This also … 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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