Rock Star Camp Day 1: Tie-Dye

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Day #1 Set List

  • Warm-Up:  Creative Movement in center & across the floor
  • Jazz Class:  Learn Jazz Dance #1
  • Craft Time:  Tie-Dye T-Shirts & VIP Passes
  • Snack
  • Tap Class: Learn Tap Dance #1
  • Game Time: Obstacle Course & Freeze Dance

Main Craft: Tie-Dye T-shirts
You Will Need:
– T-Shirts
Fabric Dye (pink, yellow, blue, purple)
– Buckets
– Rubberbands

We keep it basic and mix up 4 or 5 different buckets of fabric dye outside the studio (we have a sidewalk with a faucet, which works perfectly).  The kids design the t-shirts inside with rubberbands.  If you want design ideas, here are a few good tutorials.   

We skip the soda ash step and just let the kids dip in the buckets. The shirts end up pastel, but it works for us and keeps it simple.  Once the kids are done dipping, we rinse the shirts out under the outside faucet, unwrap them and hang them up to dry.

Tip #1:  Some kids will want to use one or two colors, others will need to dip in every bucket.  For this reason, avoid darker colors like maroon, navy blue and hunter green – mixing will result in a brown t-shirt!  I recommend at least getting red, yellow, purple and bright blue.

Tip #2: The tie-dye will stain skin and dancewear / shoes.  Our kids bring smocks, but inevitably someone splashes and ends up with polka-dot tights.  In our welcome letter I let parents know we will be tie-dying on the first day in case they don’t want to wear their “fancy outfit”.  We tie-dye in bare feet and with our smocks on to avoid most of the mess.

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Teaching Tip: Spaghetti, Meatballs and Pancakes, Oh My!

This creative movement idea was inspired by this Fruit Tree post at Maria’s Movers and the comments from Zan (of Hullabaloo Danceshop).  Zan describes her “turnip dance” in the comments and I loved the idea so I’ve been trying it out with my Modern I / Creative Movement class (ages 8-10).  We have changed it to fit our needs and the kids have come up with different food names (since most of them have never eaten a turnip).  We tried to keep it to somewhat healthy foods.

Our food stretch goes like this (movements in parentheses):

Spaghetti, toast and… pizza?
Ok there’s no pizza stretch.. yet!

Flat as a pancake (lie on back)
Round like a meatball (contract and roll into ball on side)
Stretch like spaghetti (stretch long on side, keeping balance)
Flat as toast (lie on belly)
Up like a banana/mermaid (cobra or mermaid pose*)
Flat as toast
Stretch like spaghetti
Round like a meatball
Flat as a pancake (repeat other side)

The only trouble is they always say they’re hungry after we do this stretch!

*Some days we do cobra pose (leaving feet on the ground and using hands to push up to stretch back) and some days we do mermaid (lifting feet and kicking arms off ground balancing on belly) – also known as superman pose.

Happy dancing!