NMM: Promise Land – Hannah Miller

You know how you start on YouTube looking up a ballet step and then you end up down a weird alley of YouTube and don’t know how you got there?  Or is that just me?  Anyway, this time I ended up at drone videos of Chernobyl (what?), but at least I got this haunting song out of it.  Happy Monday!

iTunes link to Promise Land by Hannah Miller

And here is the drone video of Chernobyl:

New Music Monday: Maps (Maroon5 cover) by Madilyn Bailey

Loving this cover by Madilyn Bailey of the Maroon 5 song, Maps.  I’ve been using it with my advanced tappers for a little combination.  My tappers call this style “lyrical tap” – when you tap to a song that could traditionally be for contemporary or lyrical.   I like that this song has a lot of pauses in it which are fun to fill with tap!

Grab this song on iTunes

Enjoy – happy Monday!

 

Fall 2014 Teen Playlist

We interrupt this renovation saga with a playlist!  I was updating my playlists for the fall and here are a few new songs my teen/college classes have been enjoying.  I say “teens” because some of these songs have some questionable PG-13 subject matter, so use with caution (as far as I know, there are no swear words).

Stretching Songs

Upbeat Songs

Lyrical/Contemporary Songs

How has the beginning of the new dance year been for you?  Found any new music?  Share in the comments!

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Our “Frozen-Inspired” Dance Camp

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Our most asked camp question since last December has been “Are you doing a Frozen Camp?”  So due to popular demand… a Frozen (inspired) Camp is what we did!

What works best for our studio is doing a half-day camp, where the students come 4 or 5 days a week from 9am-noon.

Each year we do a different theme and base the week’s lessons around that theme. We hold an impromptu little “show” on the last day of camp for family and friends.

We did the Frozen (inspired) Camp for our Princess age group (ages 4-7) at the end of June, and we actually had to close off registration a week prior because of the demand!  (For comparison, our July Princess Camp was half as full as the Frozen Camp was).

I’m going to break up the posts into a few different sections, and hopefully they will give you some ideas for your own camp.

1) Music (this post)
2) Crafts
3) Games & Activities 

General Camp Agenda

8:50-9:05am – Parent Drop-off and Student Sign-in
9:05-9:30am – Warm-up and “Get to know you” activities – I like doing the Name Game as an icebreaker
9:30-10:00am – Ballet Dance class (learning choreography / technique)
10:00-10:45am – Craft Time
10:45-11:00am – Snack Time
11:00-11:40am – Tap class (learning choreography / technique)
11:40-12:00pm – Games / Cool-down

Dance Camp Playlist

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I know you will all be surprised when I tell you that the most used album during our Frozen-Inspired Camp was… the Frozen album. Shocking, I know! But we also used a few other non-Frozen songs during our camp so that we (the teachers) didn’t go crazy from having songs stuck our head all day!

Songs We Used for Choreography

Songs We Used in Class (for creative movement, games, and technique)

What non-Frozen songs can you think of that would fit in well?

Halloween Playlist

Looking for some new songs to add to your Halloween playlist?  Here are some suggestions to spice up your playlist.

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Tap


dancing pumpkinSuperstition – Stevie Wonder
– classic with a moderate tempo

Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Devil With the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder – keeps those toes a-tapping

Headless Horseman – Kay Starr – tells the story of the Headless Horseman in a cheery sort of way

Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins– a fun 50’s rock-sounding tune

Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical

Howl – Florence + The Machine

I Put a Spell On You – From “Hocus Pocus” soundtrack, or Nina Simone, and the cover by She & Him is particularly haunting

Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys – we’ve been using this for across the floor combinations in my jazz classes this week – works good for turns and battements

Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You) – Aqualung – a melancholy melody in 3/4 time

Other Fun Songs

Dinner With Drac, Pt 1 – John Zacherle

What’s A Girl To Do – Bat For Lashes – basically the plot to Twilight summed up in a song

Grim Grinning Ghosts Remix – (link opens to YouTube – couldn’t find a link) could maybe use this for hip hop?

And of course, you have to add The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – Ylvis just for fun!

Looking for more ideas?

2013 Song Selections

A look back at all of the songs I used for choreography this past year.  This post is more or less for my own archival purposes, but maybe someone will find something new too!

My little "Nutcracker" dancers

My little “Nutcracker” dancers

Want more?  Check out 2012 and 2011‘s lists.

TAP CHOREOGRAPHY



MODERN / CONTEMPORARY / BALLET

CHILDREN’S MUSIC

Apparently this was the year of Regina Spektor and combining songs!  Oh well, onto the next year 🙂
What was your favorite music you choreographed or danced to this year?
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