This is a fun dance game that my students love playing in class. I hesitate to call it a “game” because I try to make a lot of our exercises in class fun, and it also is a good review of technique. Either way, the kids see it as a game and they love playing, so I like to save it for special times of the year.
As a side note, one of my 7 year olds who started playing softball in the spring was so proud that she was the only one on her softball team that year who knew how the game worked because we had played “ballet baseball” in class…wasn’t exactly what I was hoping she would learn from ballet class, but hey at least she learned something!
Ages 7 & Up (dancers need a basic understanding of baseball/softball)
Class: Adaptable to any style of class where the students have learned specific technique skills that they can be called upon to remember. I will use a beginning ballet class in my description below.
|My ballerinas lined up to play (purple cone is 1st base)|
Set-Up: Designate bases around the room (we use the traditional diamond shape, but your dance baseball field can have as many bases as you like). I usually use small cones, but little rugs or tape mark would work. The pitcher (usually that’s me) stands in the middle.
The Goal: The whole class is one team and their goal is to get as many “runs” around the bases as a class as they can against the pitcher, who’s goal is to stump them and get them “out”.
How we play: The first dancer comes “up to bat” (steps up to home plate) and I “pitch” them a dance step (2nd position demi plie). If they can do it, they move (we bourree) to first base.
The second dancer steps up to home plate and I “pitch” them a different step (degagé). If they can do it, they move to first base and the first dancer moves to second. If the do not know the step or do it incorrectly, the team has an “out”. Depending on the age, I will give hints or three tries to the dancer who is up. If I’m able to stump someone, I keep using the same step until someone gets it.
This continues and if dancers know the step, they all move up one base, eventually getting all the way back home and earning a “run”.
We play to three outs and count up the runs. We try to beat our highest score as a class the next time we play.
|Stealing a base in ballet baseball|
Advanced Dance Baseball: “Stealing bases”
With my tweens and teens, I allow “base stealing”. The pitcher holds a beanbag and dancers may attempt to steal a base by tiptoeing… however if they try to steal a base, I can toss the beanbag at them to try to get them out. This usually causes lots of giggles since I have pretty bad aim ☺
Just remind them that they are in dance class, not a field, so no running (or sliding). Sometimes I allow multiple people on the bases – modify the rules as you see fit!
I hope you like our fun alternative to reviewing dance steps – make it your own! Play ball!