Just for fun

​DT​'s 2019 List of 5 Pranks to Play on Your Students for April Fools' Day Is Here!

Getty Images

We're baaaaaack! 5 Pranks to Play on Your Students for April Fools' Day 2.0 is here and ready to rumble. Use any one of these in your classroom, and you're sure to spend the rest of your day chuckling. Use all of them at once, and we aren't sure your dancers will ever recover 😏 😂 🤣.

Film any of the pranks you do on your students and share them on social media with us. We are VERY excited to see what hilarious things come from this day.

You're welcome!


1. Deceptively Icky Treats

Make caramel onions (not apples), and give them to your students as a treat during class on April 1! To make sure it doesn't seem suspicious, bring normal treats for them a few times leading up to the prank day. Be sure to film their reactions!

media1.giphy.com


2. Rehearsal Wakeup Call

Tape an air horn to the doorstop behind the rehearsal-studio door. When your dancers open it as they get to class, it will shock them. They will be wide awake and ready to dance after their laugh attacks!

media3.giphy.com


3. Rat Attack

Fill the studio with fake (stuffed animal) rats. Students will freak out the second they walk in the door.

media1.giphy.com


4. No Phones in Class or They'll Be Smashed

Get an old cell phone and sneakily insert it into one of your dancers' bags when they aren't looking. Have it go off in class and angrily hunt the room for it. Once you find the bag, take the phone out and throw it on the floor and stomp on it, or drop it in your water. Your students won't know what to do with themselves!

media2.giphy.com


5. New Dance?

After warm-up, tell your dancers to get in formation for a competition number they don't actually have. Make up a name for it, and use a song they have never heard before. Turn on the music and sit down to take corrections. Act frustrated when they say this isn't their dance. Angrily storm out of the room before coming back in laughing your guts out. They will be positively dizzy with confusion!

media3.giphy.com

Teachers Trending
Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

Keep reading... Show less
News
Courtesy Shake the Ground

Dance competitions were among the first events to be shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in the U.S. in mid-March, and they've been among the last able to restart.

So much of the traditional structure of the competition—large groups of dancers and parents from dozens of different studios; a new city every week—simply won't work in our new pandemic world.

How, then, have competitions been getting by, and what does the future look like?

Keep reading... Show less
News
Getty Images

Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

Keep reading... Show less

Get Dance Business Weekly in your inbox

Sign Up Used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.