Holiday Music Update

Our ‘happy elf’ at the studio!

Does your holiday playlist need some updating?

Here are a few songs that you can add into the usual rotation to spice things up a bit this year (links open in iTunes):

Jazzy Tunes

The Happy Elf – Harry Connick Jr.

Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix) – Kay Starr

(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag – Kay Starr

A Little More Mellow

The Christmas Waltz – She & Him

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Snowfall – Ingrid Michaelson

Somewhere In My Memory – Home Alone Soundtrack (I actually recommend the entire Home Alone Soundtrack by John Williams for some fun music that has a Christmas-y feel to it – I especially love the track “Holiday Flight”“)

And a few more…

Hurry Home – The Good Lovelies

Bring Me Love – Marie Digby

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

March of the Toys (Instrumental Version) –

From 2011:  Holiday Music Round-up

From 2010:  NMM: Holiday Music

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Holiday Gift Idea: Teacher Survival Kit!

Need a fun and unique gift for your dance teacher? Create a “Dance Teacher Survival Kit”!  Make a list of items your dance teacher likes and create individual baskets for each teacher.  Stick it all in a cute basket or bin and wrap it up in a nice bow and you are set to go!  Since you’re customizing it, you can spend as much or as little as you’d like.

Practical Gifts To Include:

  • Hair ties or bobby pins if she has long hair
  • Aspirin
  • Mini-sewing kit
  • Small screwdriver if he or she is a tap teacher
  • Small massager tool (for sore muscles or feet)
  • Foot lotion or bath salts (although I’m guessing she already has a closet-full)
  • Pack of stickers (if they use stickers in class)

Funny Gifts To Include (you will need to add an explanation for each one):

  • A marble… for when you’ve lost yours
  • String / paperclip… to keep it all together
  • Sponge… to help clean dances
  • Rubber band.. to keep you flexible
  • Lifesavers… because you are one!
  • Stars (could be Starbursts, or an ornament)… you inspire your students to reach for the stars!
  • Candle… you light up people’s lives

More ideas like this from Angel’s Corner

Other Gifts

  • iTunes gift card
  • Bottle of wine (for after a long night of teaching!)
  • Gift card to his or her favorite restaurant (or to the coffee shop/sandwich shop nearby the studio)
  • Christmas ornament
  • Cookies or chocolate
  • Gum or mints

Share your own ideas: leave a comment!

Looking for more gift ideas?  Check out our ideas from last year.
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My students performing "Winter Song" (2010)

I started writing a post about holiday music, but I realized:

1. I did that last year and I still use the songs on the list.

2.  Other dance bloggers also have some great suggestions.

3. It's not Monday, so I guess this isn't a "New Music Monday".

So instead, I'm pointing you in the direction of some already awesome posts about holiday music! Ok, so one of them is my own post, so technically I just called myself awesome.. but let's let it slide, ok? 'Tis the season!

And because I can't resist, here are a few more "winter" and holiday tracks to keep your playlists updated!

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