While my studio is in the process of getting buried under a foot of snow, I figured I would spend my surprise free time planning some olympics-inspired creative movement for tomorrow’s classes.
Pass The Torch – Traveling
You could pass an imaginary torch or a “real” prop (as simple as an orange scarf). Have your dancers spread out around the room. When the dancer has the “torch”, them must dance the torch to the next person and then sit down to indicate they already had a turn. The final dancer brings the torch to the designated “torch lighting station” (could be teacher, or spot in the room).
Pass The Torch – Stationary
Spread out in a line or a circle close enough to touch another person’s out stretched hand. Begin to pass the torch using different levels and different body parts until it reaches the end. If you are using a prop, see how far the class can pass it without dropping.
The Slowest Bobsled Race Ever Won
Connect your dancers into teams of 2, 3 or 4 dancers and have them sit one in front of each other in a straddle (like a caterpiller). Have them hold onto each other at the shoulders or hips so that they are connected.
The goal is to move as a unit over a certain distance (we used tape lines about 5-6 feet apart). Give them time to practice–they will learn quickly they have to work as a team to move without becoming disconnected!
Line up your “bobsleds” and the first group to completely cross the finish wins. Disqualify any team that separates.
Variations: Try a whole-class bobsled! Or backwards or sideways bobsled race!
Ice & Snow Improv
Adapt usual creative movement exercises to be set at the olympics.
Suggested Musical Tracks
Have you been watching the olympics? Have you done any lessons based on the olympics? Is anyone else ready for spring?!
I love starting class with cardio-inspired workouts to get the blood moving before we move into larger movements.
Here are some songs that my dancers love “working out” to! (links open in iTunes)
One in a Million – Down With Webster
The Spark (ft. Spree Wilson) – Afrojack – These first two songs are lesser known, which means they aren’t overplayed on the radio and the kids don’t know every word, but they still have a great beat.
Hey Brother – Avicii
Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – I have a killer tap stamina warm-up to this song for my advanced girls – I get requests for it every week… not sure if the kids like the tap exercise or just listening to the song. 🙂
Weekends!!! – Skrillex (feat. Sirah)
Changing Of The Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club
Luck – American Authors
Further On – Bronze Radio Return
Now I See – Tessa Rose Jackson – a little more laid-back – would be good for light warm-up or cool down
A Few Others
Danza Kuduro (feat. Lucenzo) – Don Omar (oldie but a goodie)
Devil With the Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder
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Looking for some new songs to add to your Halloween playlist? Here are some suggestions to spice up your playlist.
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Superstition – 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?
Recently got turned on to this album by Adult Beginner’s ballet music post (side note: if you don’t already read Adult Beginners’s blog, you should because she is awesome and its about ballet and other fun stuff!).
If you’re looking for some new stuff for this year’s ballet class, check it out!
Ballet Goes Pop – Album open in iTunes
Don’t miss frappes to Single Ladies, and grande allegro to I Kissed A Girl, adagio to Someone Like You. I hope they make another series soon!
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This song came on my iPod this morning on my drive to work and I couldn’t help tapping along to the steering wheel. I think I’ll be using this song to warm-up to in the fall…enjoy!
Open in iTunes: Feelin’ Good – With Love
By the way, her whole album With Love – Christina Grimmie is worth a listen.
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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
Want more? Check out 2012 and 2011‘s lists.
MODERN / CONTEMPORARY / BALLET
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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