Creating Fairy Tale Dance Camps- Magic Mirror Dance Activity

Magic Mirror Activity
Dance Exploration is in full swing planning our Fairy Tale Dance Camps for Summer 2014! One of our favorite and classic princesses to explore is Snow White! We’ve wanted to create a fun craft and activity involving the Magic Mirror that the Evil Queen uses daily to indulge her ego. When one day the Magic Mirror responds that Snow White is the fairest one of all, the Evil Queen decides to get rid of Snow White forever!

Our Magic Mirror Game and Craft is fun for campers as well as teachers.

Materials Needed:
Materials

1 Image of Snow White
1 Image of Evil Queen
Glue
Paint Brush
Double Sided Mirror
Scissors

Step 1: Locate an item the size of your mirror to use as a trace.
Step 1

Step 2: Trace your Mirror Shape over your Chosen Image.
Step 2: Magic Mirror

Step 3: Cut your image out.
Step 3: Magic Mirror

Step 4: Apply Glue to the Mirror and adhere your picture to the mirror.
Step 4: Magic Mirror

Step 5: Repeat with your second image!
Step 5: Magic Mirror

Great! Now you have your beautiful Mirror! It’s time to play the Magic Mirror Game!

‘Magic Mirror on the Wall Who is the Fairest of them all?’

Magic Mirror Game

Play this game in the style of Freeze dance.

The teacher or assistant should hold your Magic Mirror behind their back. A child will come up and say ‘Magic Mirror on the Wall Who is the Fairest of them All?” The teacher will pull the mirror up whichever image appears is the most fairest!

If Snow White is the Fairest of All, the Children will dance around the room happy to the music. If it is the Evil Queen, they fall down in despair. Use a fun upbeat song from Snow White to play as the music.

Creating Super Hero Camps

This year Dance Exploration is very excited to be creating our very first Super Hero Dance Camps as a part of our wonderful Summer Dance Camp experiences. This camp will be for boys (and girls) ages 3-7. We’ve been having a blast brainstorming our ideas on how to make children become Bat Man, Spider Man and Super Man in the dance studio!

 

Super Hero Dance Camps

During the brainstorming process we asked questions like:

What qualities do Super Heroes have that humans don’t?

What are common types of Super Hero situations?

A reoccurring theme kept appearing! Super Heroes are most often saving civilians that are trapped in a building! That’s when we came up with the idea to have the kids punch out windows to a burning building to help the fireman put out the fire! Now where were we going to get a burning building?

We have to make one!

We wanted to share with you how we made our building from a box! Feel free to try this idea at your next Super Hero Themed Party! Hope you like it ūüėÄ

Make your Own Super Hero Building

 

What you will need for this project:

  1. Cut Down Box
  2. Box Cutter
  3. Scissors
  4. Silver Wrapping Paper
  5. Tape
  6. Yellow Tissue Paper
  7. Rectangular Stencil
  8. Sharpie

Supplies

In the picture there are a few additional items that we thought we would need but didn’t! ūüėÄ

 

Part 1: Making the Windows

Step 1: Drawing the Windows

Using your Rectangular Stencil and sharpie. Trace the pattern with the stencil and evenly place your windows down your box. We ended up tracing 16 windows total for our building.

Drawing Your Windows

Step 2: Cut Out Your Windows

Cut out Windows

With your box cutter, begin cutting out the windows along the lines you traced in the previous step. (We stayed a few centimeters within our trace mark.) We cleaned up the edges with scissors.

Clean Edges

 

Part 2: No Longer a Box- The Transformation

Step 1: Measuring the Paper

Wrap your building in wrapping paper. We chose silver, as we thought it’s the most like a building. First we measured our box to determine the amount of wrapping paper. We were lucky enough that we only needed one sheet of wrapping paper.

Wraps

Step 2: The Flip

Once measured, we flipped the box and paper so the outside of the box was now lying face down.

Flips

Step 3: Making Cuts

We cut the paper to match the folds of the box to prevent tearing when reassembling.

Cuts

Step 4: Wrapping

We then folded and taped the wrapping paper along all the edges of our box.

tapes

 

Part 3: Open the Windows!

We then were ready to cut out our windows!

Step 1: Poke a Hole

We poked a hole in the middle of each window with our box cutter.

Holes

Step 2: Cut Out

We then cut out the middle portion of wrapping paper keeping about 1″ of the paper still exposed.

Step 4: Corner to Corner

We cut the remaining paper to the corners of the window.

Corner 2 Corner

Step 5: Folding the Edges

We then taped the edges of all our windows creating a nice, clean line.

Folds

Taped Windows

 

 

Part 4: Breakable Window Panes

Now that our windows were made, we needed to make our breakable window panes.

Step 1: Measuring the Tissue Paper

Lay a piece of Yellow Tissue paper across your exposed windows.

Tissue

Step 2: Cutting the Panes

Cut the tissue vertically and horizontally along the window ledges.

Ledges

ledges2

Step 3: Tape Down

Tape each window edge separately.

tape edges

Part 5: Erecting the Building

Finally our building came to life when we taped it from the inside. We left the top of the building open so we could replace tissue as needed.

Finished

We are now going to test our building at our upcoming Dance Teacher Training! If all goes well, we will be adding some additional components before our Super Hero Campers get to play with it!

For more on our upcoming Super Hero Camps, or to enroll, visit: http://www.dancexploration.co/Super_Hero_Dance_Camps.html

Did you try this project? How did the building work at your event?

Catch a Magic Fairy

Catch a Magic Fairy

Catch a Magic Fairy is a perfect technique for children in a preschool aged dance class. Children at this age so often need to often be reminded of keeping their hands off of things. How many times have you caught yourself saying any one of the following:

‘Don’t touch the mirror!’

‘Keep your hands to yourself!’

‘Stop hanging on the barre!’

 

Probably to the point of sounding like a broken record and not to much avail. Plus, saying ‘no don’t touch that’ every class is not allowing the positive ‘Yes’ Environment that is needed in a dance studio to foster and encourage a child’s creativity.

Miss Jessica recently discovered this little trick- Catch a Magic Fairy! How does it work?

When you know children will be by the mirror, barre, or perhaps standing next to their peers have them catch a magic fairy (hands up clasp the fairy in your palms) and put it in their pocket (sit criss-cross applesauce or keep your hands together so the fairy doesn’t fly away). Anytime you see a child touching something or someone they shouldn’t let them know their fairy has escaped and to hurry and catch it again before it flies away!

Let us know how this technique works in your dance class! Do you have a favorite classroom management technique for keeping hands under control? Please share by leaving a comment!

Teacher of the Month: Miss Stephanie!

Dance Exploration takes pride in our teachers! We hand pick instructors that have great knowledge and skill in dance pedagogy and once we train them in our ‘Dance to Learn!’ curriculum, we have a win win! Miss Stephanie is the cream of the crop and is excited to be awarded the Teacher of the Month for the second time in a row for the month of March. Now is your chance to get to know Stephanie a little better as a Teacher!

How does it feel to be awarded Teacher of the month for the second time in a row?
“I’m very happy, it means a lot to me to be appreciated for the work I do!”
What is your favorite Dance Exploration class to teach and why?
“I enjoy¬†teaching¬†cheer/pom classes because it is¬†fulfilling to see students grow and learn a new and interesting dance style.”
How do you create unique ‘Dance to Learn!’ activities to keep your students excited and interested in Dance class?¬†
“To keep students excited I enjoy coming up with new activities that are fun and educational for¬†the¬†class. To do this I keep myself informed about new and excited things happening in our dance community.”
Is there a teacher that inspires you? Who? And Why? 
“My first dance¬†teacher, Miss Beth, just opened her own dance studio in Washington state recently, she inspires me to follow my dreams in dance and to work hard to make them come true.”
Miss Stephanie teaches warm ups a the Belle's and Beau's at Rampart Location.

Miss Stephanie teaches warm ups a the Belle’s and Beau’s at Rampart Location.

Miss Stephanie has recently been promoted to Dance Exploration’s Administrative Assistant!