Here's 3 no-cost ways that you can sprinkle some magic into your children's dance classes, using imagination to fuel technique and skills!
You need colorful sheer scarves OR pieces of construction paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple
Give each dancer a scarf or piece of paper, and ask them to practice drawing a rainbow shape with it, in an arc over their heads. You can ask them to lean or lunge side to side. Older dancers can use an overcurve motion with their rainbow prop, or an undercurve motion while making an upside-down rainbow. Then, create some rainbow art on the floor! Call out the colors in rainbow order and ask the dancers holding those colors to build a rainbow on the floor.
MAGIC DANCING DUST
All you need for this one is a little bit of imagination and a whole lot of silly!
Pretend that you have a big bag of imaginary "magic dancing dust" -- like fairy dust, but instead of making us fly, it makes us MAGICALLY dance! Give every child an imaginary handful and POOF! They're ready to dance and try something new with ease! If you are going to practice plie', sprinkle some magic dance dust on your knees first; to practice heel drops in tap class, be sure to sprinkle the dust on your heel taps for extra clear sounds!
Roll up a piece of white paper, beginning at the corner, so that is becomes a skinny cone. Add a few pieces of tape, and presto -- you have a unicorn horn! Make a bunch for your class to use, or just make one for them to take turns with.
Here is a unicorn-themed preschool ballet exercise, from my Hooray For Dance Magical Things Notebook, that is perfect for the paper unicorn horn! Click the picture below to save this combo and see a 60-second video demo!
I hope these ideas encourage some extra exploration during your already magical dance classes this week!