Do you believe in magic?
The amazed and joyful looks on your students' faces, the first time they hear the sounds that their shoes can make? That's magic!
A room full of eager dancers, excited, engaged and ready to learn? That's magic!
Having a system and structure for tap class that:
Now, that's A LITTLE BIT OF TAP DANCE MAGIC!
A Little Bit of Tap Dance Magic is a tap lesson plan system that ready to grow with you, and your dancers, as they progress from preschool tap students to elementary age. It is rooted in child-development as well as solid foundational tap dance skills and concepts, and it was created from the lessons I've taught (and the lessons I've learned in my dance room) over 25+ years of teaching dance.
THE MAGIC ELEMENT
The magic in each lesson is the playful feel that is the driver of each technique or rhythmic exercise. Getting better at any tap skill requires repetition. The A Little Bit Of Tap Dance Magic lesson plans help you sprinkle MAGIC into every class by making the students so involved in the theme and the fun elements that they forget they are reviewing so they can focus on (and get excited about) progress.
TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF WHAT TO TEACH WHEN
The lesson plans taking out the guesswork of what to teach when by building one skill on the next, and naturally breaking down harder skills into bite-size snippets that grow with each other. The lessons can be put together to create a school-year length system, and they are also flexible enough to stand alone and be used in conjunction with your current curriculum.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE LESSONS?
These lesson plans use engaging themes to "tap" into imagination while working on tap dance skills, motor tools, rhythm patterns, musicality and more. The skills and combos in each are designed to step-up with your dancers, as the school-year dance season progresses. The lessons for ages 3-5 coordinate with the lessons for ages 5-7, so that if you are teaching both age groups, it is easy to stick with the theme as you transition from class to class.
WHAT IF I HAVE DIFFERENT LEVELS WITHIN EACH CLASS?
No problem! There are many options for different skill levels within each group. You could adjust the pacing you use to teach the exercise, simplify a combo, or adjust the tempo.
WHAT DO I GET?
Each lesson plan includes:
So where to begin?
Well, at TAP DANCE CENTRAL of course! Click this link to see the lesson plan offerings, the suggested class order, and an opportunity to SAVE and become a member!
Do you have questions about the A Little Bit of Tap Dance Magic system? Send them my way!
It's FALL! My favorite season! Trees, leaves, cool crisp days!
For young dancers, it can be really fun to include things from the outside world in dance class too -- and autumn has so many sights, sounds, and ideas that can come to life through imagination in dance class.
If you have not already -- head on over to my Instagram and check out the 30 DAYS of FALL DANCE FUN series. For the entire month of October, I am sharing one fun Fall idea per day that you can include in your dance classes.
So far we've been inspired by pumpkins, apples, the wind, and books about fall.
Today's thought - TREES - is extra special for this reason; it is an idea you can also incorporate into your classes for older teen dancers to, to inspire creativity, rooted-ness, and a growth mindset (pun intended!). Download the worksheets and cards pictured below as PDFs by clicking here!