Puppets are a wonderful way to add depth to a dance and back you up when you need help. Discover the benefits of adding puppets into the preschool dance room.
Props Aren’t Just For Babies
had gotten away from using them elsewhere but, at any age or level of dance, props are a great tool for communicating concepts and enlivening your teaching. There’s no limit but your imagination, really, but here are a few ideas that I’ve used along the way.
See Spot Turn
The action of the head is important but do not forget the role of the eyes in spotting. It helps to spot something like a photograph, painting, or word and really SEE the SPOT on each TURN. If you are using your head properly but still getting dizzy, it is probably because your eyes are not focusing. You need to get the head around with enough zing (see above) to have time for this, though.
Class Planning Part Two: Focusing on Skills and Concepts in Lesson Plans
Just as strong technique brings freedom to the dancer, a strong lesson structure brings freedom to teaching. Here are two types of lesson plans that will enliven your teaching and engage your students.