Name Dances: Creating with a Movement Alphabet

Providing children with a well-rounded dance education is more than just teaching steps. An important part of any dance education is learning how to create. Student choreography provides children ownership and self-expression over their work. When working with younger students providing a structure and simple choreographic devices can give them the support they need to successfully create their own piece while allowing them the freedom to make their work unique and reflective of their own movement personality. 

One activity my 6-7 year old Creative Jazz Ballet students at J'Adore Dance have been enjoying immensely is creating Name Dances using a movement alphabet. 

1st Birthday Party Activity Ideas

1st Birthdays are a huge milestone for birthday child and parents like! I often (half) joke with my clients that the 1st Birthday party is really a chance for parents to say "Hooray! We survived!". Whether you are planning a small gathering or a large fiesta for your extended circle of friends and family here are some fun activity ideas that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages!

Baby Safe Finger Painting (recipe via Tinkerlab

Surviving Spring Break 2012

Last year during Spring Break I headed out to Las Vegas for a girls trip, leaving Chris at home with the girls. To ensure everyone survived Mama being gone for 4 days I put together a list of activities for Chris to try with the girls and shared it here. This year our whole family will be "surviving" Spring Break on the beaches of Cancun! I am so excited to spend our days playing in the sun, splashing in the waves, and just enjoying each other's company.

If we hadn't been traveling to Mexico, there are lots of fun projects and activities I would have loved to explore with the girls. I thought I'd share them with those of you who will be enjoying a "stay-cation" this year :)

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