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Rain dance ballet fun

Rain dance ballet fun

Teaching kids ballet can be a bit of a challenge. 

Figuring out how to put together simple, fun and technical ballet curriculum can at times wear one out, especially if your dance class lays on the creative movement side or you are not a ballet teacher per se. But hey, who says you can't try to incorporate challenging, technical and genre-specific activities in a creative movement class. We definitely think you should!

So we are still exploring rain-themed activities and this is only our second dance video of this segment. With a rain storm as our inspiration and ballet on our mind, we put together a warm-up to introduce the different classical ballet positions. With soft and flexible knees, your students will move their feet quickly in what is called a Bourree movement. Through this movement, you will allow them the opportunity to achieve both the sound of a rainstorm as well as a fluid way to move from one position to the next. Beginning in first position, this activity moves through second, fourth and fifth position finishing in first position where it began. 

How did it go?

Children love the idea of learning ballet; particularly little girls as most of them love to dress up like ballerinas. And, even if they don't then hey, learning a complex dance such as ballet can be an eye opening experience for any child or adult alike. Now, this activity was tested on a wide group of students ages two through five and they all tried their best with it, at times shouting in agony and excitement while they fought their hardest to stay on their toes! In a way, it was funny to see and hear their struggles, but it was also great to see how hard they tried to achieve the essence of this activity and to learn the positions. This activity also helped teach lessons on coordination, muscle engagement and body awareness which are always key things to address with children. At the end of it all, our students had fun with this one and after a few times got a pretty good grasp of the activity and movement involved. This then enabled us to explore the inspiration of the activity - rainstorm - at times changing our speed and intensity to suit how heavy or light of a "rainstorm" we were mimicking!

Some suggestions we have in order to make this activity a little less difficult for your students would be to introduce the positions and practice them with your students before commencement of the activity. Also, demonstrate the pas de Bourree aspect of the activity so that once the full activity begins they all have a better idea of what to do. Also, downplay your expectations, as this activity takes some getting used to!


Take a look!

If you are looking for a rain themed, dance warm-up activity, then watch our video. You will be able to learn the movement and positions.

Pas de Bourree,  

Tiva & Randa

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