*tap* *tap* is this thing on?

Today I got an email asking if I wanted to renew the domain name for this blog and I sat there thinking…

Do I?

Turns out, I do.

Which means I would like to post more. But since having another baby (oh hey!  2nd child syndrome! Not even her own post!), life has continued to fill up with (wonderful) stuff that happens off-line.

I’m still trying to figure out what direction to go with this blog – it has sort of been my brain-dumping ground of music and studio owner stuff, with a little teaching and random dance thoughts mixed in. So hey, if you’re still out there – thanks for hanging in there and here’s to a New Year, a new decade, and a re-newal of this blog.

P.S. Here’s a picture of my first day back to teaching with Baby #2 (2 weeks old at the time). This was 18 months ago (time moves fast! how did that happen?).

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2017 Song Selections

At the end of each dance season, I like to do a wrap-up of the songs I used during the year – a sort of song “yearbook” for myself.   It’s mostly for me to be able to look back and say “when did I use that song”? , but maybe someone will enjoy it too.

(Here’s a link to 2014,  2013... and 2012… and 2011)

This year’s recital was entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Dance”, but most of my pieces were competition and unrelated to the theme.

Links open in iTunes, unless otherwise noted 🙂

TEENS

TWEENS

CHILDREN

  • Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky) – Intermediate Ballet for ages 9-11 – costumes half in black, half in white – was a lot of fun to be dramatic
  • Try Everything (Shakira) – Beginner jazz, ages 6-8 – the kids loved this song so much, they sang the first part of it, even for the show (oh oh oh oh OHH!) – I like the message behind the song as well – don’t be afraid to try something
  • At The Hop (Danny & The Juniors) – Beginning tap, ages 6-8
  • Various selections from Narnia soundtracks – Beginner ballet, ages 6-8, called this “The Golden Coronation” – had girls dressed up in golden tutus as princesses, my gentleman in gold top (the prince).  He had a scepter and “crowned” all of the princesses.  They loved it.  Music was a little hard to follow sometimes.
  • Fairy Dance (James Newton Howard) – beginner ballet, ages 6-8 – I liked how the tempo changed during the song.
  • Three Little Fishies (Finding Nemo soundtrack) – beginner tap, age 4
  • Dinosaur Rock N Roll (Joanie Bartels) – beginner jazz, age 4 – my assistant was the “dinosaur” for this one!  Super cute.
  • Brave (cover by Savannah Outen) – intermediate tap, ages 9-11 – in hindsight this piece was a bit to mature for them to pull off… but they worked hard on it!

RECITAL OPENER 

What was your favorite song that you used from last year? Share in the comments

Summer Playlist 2017

Happy (End of) Summer!  Keep the summer vibes going as we move towards fall and update your playlists with fun summer tunes!  Here is a list of songs I’ve mixed into my classes to keep them feeling updated. Most links open in iTunes store – The Dance Buzz is an iTunes affiliate.  All opinions are my own.

Is This Love (LVNDSCAPE & Bolier Remix) – Bob Marley: Instant beach vibes remixed into a good 3-minute warm-up song. (Link to YouTube)

Believer (Kaskade Remix) – Imagine Dragons:  A fun twist on this summer hit.

Thunder – Imagine Dragons: Another one from Imagine Dragons, love this song right now

Someone Who Can Dance – Icona Pop: Another good steady beat for warm-ups

Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld:  My middle school classes love this song

LovE is LovE is LovE (Benji Schwimmer Edit) – LeAnn Rimes:  Great message, fun song – have been using it for leaps and turns class (link to YouTube)

Celebrate (feat. AJR) – Ingrid Michaelson:  A nice laid-back summer tune

Told You So – Paramore:  Have been using this for tap warm ups in my senior classes. Has a good steady beat.

Switch (feat. Anitta) – Iggy Azalea:  Would be fun for a tap, jazz or hip hop combo.

Location – Khalid:  A nice groove for cool down and slower warm-ups.  I also used it in tap with my seniors for a nice mellow

Link to Open in Spotify

Enjoy!

Life Update

Hi all! It has been quite a while since I last posted…but I had good reason, honest!

I am going to blame my absence of that on the pregnancy, birth and first year with my son.  Babies are good to use as an excuse, right?  Plus they’re adorable (at least I think so):

 

My husband and I welcomed our son to the world in February 2016 and since then, it has been a crash course as I adjusted to my new role as Mom in addition to Wife, Studio Owner, Teacher, Choreographer, etc.  I was a bit overwhelmed, to say the least.

2 weeks old.. already at play practice

Luckily, I have a wonderful support team at my studio and an amazing husband, and of course a darn cute little boy, and we are figuring it out day by day.  But it is only now, as my son reaches the 18 month mark, I am *just* starting to feel like I have some breathing room and can begin to take up my “hobbies” again.  I am still treading water, but lately I actually feel like I am above the surface, instead of coming up for a breath every now and then.

My ‘baby’, helping out at Dance Camp this year… time flies!

I don’t anticipate being able to post nearly as often as B.B. (Before Baby), but I am certainly going to try to step it up from the ZERO posts in 2016 🙂  #goals

So hello again and I am looking forward to re-connecting in the upcoming dance season.  What have you all been up to?

Candy Alternatives for Halloween Class

As Halloween approaches, we often do special activities at my studio or allow students to wear costumes.  Many teachers like to reward their classes with a special treat, which historically has been candy.  I feel that as dance teachers, we have a responsibility to celebrate healthy choices and I like to search out alternatives to candy–especially with all of the food-allergies and preferences that my students have.

Coloring Pages
Such an easy and low-cost “treat”


Glow Bracelets
This is my choice for this year – trying something new and potentially something that they kids can take with them on Halloween.  I found glow bracelets on Amazon for $8.79 for 100 bracelets, so for under $20 I was able to get enough to cover my 16 weekly classes.

Stickers, Stamps & Temporary Tattoos
My elementary-aged kids love stickers, stamps and tattoos.  Not sure if their parents love them as much, but its fun to do a grab-bag of these items.

Rolls of 500 Halloween Stickers:  $9.99
72 Glitter Halloween Temporary Tattoos: $5.50
24 Halloween Stamps:  $7.95

 

“Haunted House” Class Picture
This one is fun to do with the older kids or students who love social media… the “Haunted House” class picture – take a group picture but tell your students to make a face like they are going through a haunted house – leads to lots of funny faces!

Slap on a filter/background and send to your students and watch them share 🙂

More Ideas For Those Blessed in the Craftiness Department (THANK YOU PINTEREST)

Do you do something special with your classes for Halloween?  Do you hand out any treats?  Share in the comments!

Summer Playlist 2015

summerplaylistHappy Summer!  Time to refresh those playlists with some fun summer tunes from the Billboard Top 40!  Here is a list of songs I’ve mixed into my classes to keep them feeling updated.

That’s How We Do – Teen Beach Movie 2:  Super fun and upbeat song – would be great for a tap or jazz combination – currently using it in my 7-10 year old tap class

Drop That – Jacob Plant:  A nice funky electronic beat – fun for tap or hip hop – totally instrumental

You Know You Like It – DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge – have been using this in teen tap

This Feeling – L’Tric: A fun feel-good song – great for warm-ups

I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) – Flo Rida: My other go-to warm-up song

Fire Under My Feet – Leona Lewis:  A nice moderate tempo for tap or jazz

Fun (feat. Chris Brown) – Pitbull:  Another moderate tempo

Lean On (Remixes) [feat. MØ & DJ Snake] – EP – Major Lazer:  Steady beat for across the floor combos for older students

Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) – Omi:  This song.  I have a love-hate relationship with it.  The kids love it and it has a nice calypso-y feel to it that makes it fun for tap, so I had to include it.  Be warned – this will be the song that plays over and over in your head when you go home for the night.

Rude (Acoustic) – MAGIC!:  This is from last summer, but I have been loving using the acoustic version for tap.  Such a fun little groove.

Enjoy!

What songs have you been obsessed with this summer?