Meet the Intellidance Teacher: Ivana

Meet Ivana!Introducing Certified Intellidance® Teacher: Ivana

Hometown: Zagreb Croatia

Where do you teach Intellidance®?

In my hometown of Zagreb Croatia. Classes coming soon!

To view Ivana's upcoming teaching schedule please visit:

What do you love about being an  Intellidance® Teacher?

I think this method is great for children's learning.

What is your favorite Intellidance® activity?

There are so many of them, but I very much like all the circle dance activities!

Moving through Literacy: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

From Head to ToePicture books are a wonderful way to support literacy in you dance and music classes. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle is a picture book I have been using with my students for the past 8 years. Through simple prose and Carle's signature illustrations, this engaging picture book invites young children to move like different animals, using their own body parts. 

My Teaching Process

I will read this book to my early childhood classes when exploring the concepts of Body Parts and Shape. As I read the story I ask the children to use their body parts to match the illustrations in the book. Each page ends with "Can you do it?" "I can do it!", so once each child has mastered the shape we all say "I can do it!", a great way to boost their confidence as movers. 

Meet the Intellidance Teacher: Ms. Janel

Meet Janel!Introducing Certified Intellidance® Teacher Ms. Janel

Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Where do you teach Intellidance®?

Casey's Dance Centre, Edmonton

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What is your favourite Intellidance®activity?

The Washing Machine Song! (it's the only time I enjoy doing laundry!)

Try the Washing Machine at home with your children:

Meet the Intellidance Teacher: Ms. Alaina

Introducing Certfied Intellidance® Teacher Ms. Alaina!

Hometown: Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

Where do you teach Intellidance®?

I teach Intellidance® at 3 locations. The Penticton Community Centre, Even Dance in Penticton and The Dance Studio In Oliver. 

For Ms. Alaina's full teaching schedule please visit:

What do you love about being a Certified Intellidance® Teacher?

Intellidance® gave me a philosophy, a curriculum and a passion for teaching dance to young children.

Teacher Tips: Transition Activities for Young Children

Transition activities are key to a successful dance class or early childhood program. Not only will they help you move from one activity to another seamlessly, transition activities can be your most powerful classroom management tool as they keep the momentum of the class moving forward and ensure that young children remain focused and engaged. Remember, idle time opens the door for distractions and off task behaviors.

Clean Up:

Clean up time can be very difficult for some young children. They may not want to give up the prop or toy they have been exploring which can cause distress. By establishing a positive routine, clean up time becomes a fun activity within itself.

During clean up time try to sing the song below until all props/toys have been put away. Some children can be very enthusiastic and want to clean up all the props leaving others without any which can lead to hurt feelings. Be sure to indicate how many of each item you want each child to clean up before singing the song. For example, “Can all my dancing friends pick up one hula-hoop from our obstacle course? That way we all get a turn!”  By giving the tots and kids control over the situation you are empowering them.

Giants and Elves: Dance Game for Preschoolers

Size is a favorite concept in our Intellidance Tots and Kids classes. I use various images to explore big and small movements with young dancers but one favorite dance game I come back to frequently is the Land of Giants and Elves. Using Eric Chappelle's song A Tale of Two Villages from Contrast and Contiuum: Music for Creative Dance Vol 1 (available on iTunes) I lead students through magical land where Giants and Elves dance together. When the soft, twinkley music plays we explore the small movement of elves. When the louder, heavy music plays we explore the big movement of giants. I provide cueing throughout to encourage the young dancer to try a variety of movements. 

This simple activity is a fun addition to early childhood creative dance or ballet classes. Teachers could easily be integrated into preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Parents could do this dance game at home as another way to stay active inside during the long winter months. 

Here is a video of me teaching this activity to an Intellidance Tots class at a Intellidance Instructor Certification

More Brain Play Variations for Preschoolers

Brain Play

Recently, I was privileged to speak on Brain Play™  at the All Hands on Deck conference for the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association.  After sharing with them the benefits of Brain Play™ and moving through the eight developmental patterns with them, they all split into groups to come up with their own movement patterns. It was great fun learning new rhymes and ways to play. At the end of the session, I was asked to post each of the movement patterns everyone developed, so they would be able to reference it in the future. Here’s what they came up with. Enjoy!

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