If you live in Colorado, then you know that Colorado weather definitely has a mind of it’s own! Spring was less than a week ago, and today we are snowed in expecting a little over a foot of snow! A snowy Saturday a few weeks ago, I was teaching my 3-4’s Ballet/Tap
Combo class and our theme was snow day! We did a lot of fun-filled snow exercises that the kids really loved! I am sharing a few of the ideas below. Try them in your next snow day dance class and let me know what you think!
Building a Snow Man Port De Bras!
We warmed up our arms by building a snow man. This exercise taught the kids their different ballet arm positions, and they had a blast while doing it! First we rolled up the “snow” pushing it across the rooms. Then we built the bottom of the snow man, holding our arms in preparatory position (en bas). Next we built the middle of the snow man holding our arms in first position. Finally, we put the head on top, holding our arms in Third Position! Don’t forget the final touches putting on the coal eyes, carrot nose and top hat!
This is a fun warm up exercise for Creative Dance Class dancers. It stretches their hamstrings and backs before getting into the rest of the class. Let the kids know we are going outside and ask them what we need to take with us so we aren’t cold.
Teacher: “What do we need to go outside?”
Kids: “We need a coat!”
Teacher: “Put your coat on. Grab your toes and slide them outside. WAIT! We forgot something! Pull your toes back.”
Kids: “We need our snow boots!”
Teacher: “Put your snow boots on…grab your toes and slide them outside. WAIT we forgot something! Pull your toes back!”
Teacher: “We need a scarf! Put your scarf on. Slide your toes outside! WAIT we forgot something! Slide your toes back.”
Kids: “We need our gloves!”
Teacher: “Put your gloves on…slide your toes back outside.”
Now you can go sledding. Put your arms up above your head and dive down towards your toes! “Whee!” Do it again, and again and again! Slide down big hills, and small hills, you can even “crash” a few times. The kids love it!
This is another fun snow day warm up to stretch the student’s flexibility. Have the children sit in a straddle position for this exercise.
Teacher: The dance teacher should ask each child to grab something to make our hot chocolate. “We are making hot chocolate today! What ingredients do we need?”
Teacher: “Reach up to the shelf (reach over the right leg) and get the cup (come back to the middle and pat the floor). What else do we need?”
Kids: “We need Water!”
Teacher: “Pour our water (reach over the left leg) and put on the shelf (come back to the middle and tap the floor). What else do we need?”
Kids: “We need our hot chocolate mix!”
Teacher: “Grab our mix! (reach over the right leg) and put on the shelf (come back to the middle and tap the floor). What else do we need?”
Teacher: “Grab our Marshmallows (reach over the left leg) and put it on the shelf (come back to the middle and tap the floor). What else do we need?”
Kids: “We need to mix it together!”
In the middle of your straddle move your arms in a circling motion.
Teacher: “Let’s drink it up!”
Stretch down the middle and make your “nom nom nom” noises. Is there still some left? Do it again. Maybe even make seconds!
Making Snow Angels!
In our dance classes we do a butterfly chasses! Looking at yourself in the mirror, you wave your arms up and down like wings and then chase your feet across the floor! On a snow day we call it making a snow angel. Make sure your arms are big and reach high to
the sky and down to the floor as your make your snow angel! When all the kids have gone across the floor, let them lay on the floor and make their snow angels laying down on their backs! They love it!
This is a really great cool down exercise for the end of your hour long dance class. Explain to your students how no one snowflake is the same, they are all unique and different, just like the dancers in your class! Have them dance around the room like a snowflake that is falling from the sky! There is no right or wrong way to dance. The Teacher then yells “Fall to the ground!” All your snowflakes should fall gracefully to the floor. Then do it again! Play with music tempos maybe it’s a blizzard and the music is fast and crazy, maybe it’s a mild storm and the music is soft and slwo, maybe it’s freezing and rigid and the music is harsh and sharp. The kids love portraying the different types of snowflakes and storms! Always be sure that as the teacher, you are demonstrating and moving with the kids to ensure they learn all the different ways they can move and dance like snow!
Try any or all of these snow day ideas! Let me know if it worked, or how you changed it! What are your different snow day activities! Leave me a comment and share below!