Today's New Music Monday is a song that just makes you want to create something: Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (link opens in iTunes).
I've been using this one in my modern classes during improv and I think it helps set a creative atmosphere in class. Plus its just fun to listen to! Enjoy :)
Grab it on iTunes:
As a side note, this song was used in the claymation film "Mary and Max", which if you're in the mood for a moving animated movie - watch this (its on Netflix). Just keep the tissues nearby and don't say I didn't warn you.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Here is a quick and easy craft you can do in your classroom or studio: Make a wall of hearts!
We started ours last week - I left out heart-shaped red, pink and white paper and a bowl of crayons next to a sign that says "Why Do You Love Dance?"
|"I like dancing because it is fun"|
Dancers (and brothers, sisters, moms and dads) have been writing and drawing why they love dance all week.
Even the Big Girls got in on the action!
And a note from a "Dance Daddy":
It says "I like to watch my girls grow with dance".
The Heart Wall has been a nice addition to our waiting room - everyone has enjoyed reading the responses. I think I'll leave it up for the rest of the month!
If you can't wait until next year to try this, you could do this any time of the year - or go with the next holiday... clovers for March: "I'm Lucky To Dance Because..." or Spring umbrellas... be creative!
More Valentine's Day dance ideas:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
It's called "Coach's Eye" (link opens in iTunes) and it works on iPhones, iPads and iPods. It $4.99, but its a worthy investment of five bucks - let's face it, I've spend more on coffee in one day (not sure if I like what that says about my caffeine addiction).
This app allows you to record a dance, play it back for your students (in regular or slow motion) and even draw on the video like a football coach or the play-by-play guys on TV do.
You can also record yourself critiquing the video and then share it or send it to your students.
I am trying it out this week and will let you know what I think!
Looking for more advice on cleaning dances? Check out this post.
Looking for more apps to make your life easier? Here are a few posts you might like.
Tell me: Do you use your iPhone or iPad in class? What do you use it for?
Monday, February 4, 2013
As of this post, I believe you can still download the song on SoundCloud.
If you love mash-ups like this song, check out more mash-ups here.
Friday, February 1, 2013
|Crossed arms mean love - but be careful -|
make those hands into fists and you may
be saying something completely different!
Ballerinas and ballet dancers even have their own special hand gestures to tell stories - sort of like ballet sign language!
You may already know some common gestures:
- Both hands to the heart for "love"
- Hand cupped by ear for "hear"
- Bowing or curtseying to show loyalty
- Strong motions with fists to show anger
There are some others you might not be as familiar with:
- Tapping the forehead twice for "princess" and three times for "king" or "queen"
- Crossed hands with fists for "death"
- And "dance" is said by circling your arms overhead in 5th position
Here are some links for more ballet mime: