Dance Teacher Tips

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Teaching young dancers ages 3 to 5 can be incredibly fun and rewarding. However, it can quickly turn chaotic during those transitional moments in between activities.

Weighing in on the subject is Julie Crothers, a creative movement teacher at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, California. Here, she shares five tips for keeping in-class transitions seamless and fun.

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Kids in Action

by Greg and Steve; 12 tracks

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With song titles like “Conga Line” and “Can You Leap Like a Frog?”, musicians Greg and Steve offer built-in movement prompts. Engage young imaginations with these dance adventures, including fan favorite “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt.”

 

More Singable Songs

by Raffi; 16 tracks

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Canadian children’s entertainer Raffi offers a variety of toe-tapping tunes, from familiar jingles like “Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Shake My Sillies Out” to the instrumental accompaniment of “Junior Ragtime.”

 

Move and Learn

by Kimbo Educational; 16 tracks

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With Move and Learn, your tiny dancers will learn their shapes, letters, numbers, colors and days of the week via fun dance songs. Tracks like “How Many Ways?” and “Veggie Power” offer coordination challenges for kids, too, by having them try movements with different body parts.

 

Action Songs: Wiggle and Shake

by Tumble Tots; 22 tracks

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Appeal to the animal lovers in your class with songs like “Elephants Have Wrinkles,” “Little Monkeys” and “Three Little Speckled Frogs.” Action Songs also comes with a 12-page booklet of song lyrics and suggested accompanying actions for each track.

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