Cinderella Games and Activities for Kids!

Every little girl dreams and wishes of becoming Cinderella- escaping the harsh realities of life with an evil step mother with the help of their very own Fairy Godmother, meeting a Prince and then living happily ever after. Dance Exploration, LLC allows little girls, with dreams of becoming a princess, the opportunity to life like Cinderella for a day…actually five days with our Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps.

Each year Dance Exploration, LLC hosts Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps as Summer Camp opportunities for children at locations around the Denver and Colorado metro areas! Over the past six years, we’ve developed a handful of fun games that kids can play to interactively learn and explore each of their favorite princesses! Designed as a story board to take the dancers on an adventure exploring the plot, characters, conflicts and resolutions that each princess must go through. We’ve created a fun and magical summer camp experience that every little princess can enjoy! Here’s a small peek into Cinderella games that are great for Birthday Parties too!

Decorating Cinderella’s Dress for the Ball

Our Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps would not be complete without Cinderella’s little army of mice who heave ho all day long to ensure that Cinderella gets her chores done and can make it to the ball! Our little Princesses get to experience life as a mouse and attach fun fabric: bows, beads, ribbons, and lace to Cinderella’s plain ball gown. The options for decorating the dress are endless and the fabric pieces are easily removed so the game can be played again! How many different ways can we decorate Cinderella’s dress?

The dancers get to be Cinderella's mice and help decorate her dress for the ball.

The dancers get to be Cinderella’s mice and help decorate her dress for the ball.

Removable clips allow for dancers to remove the decorations and start over for different decoration possibilities.

Removable clips allow for dancers to remove the decorations and start over for different decoration possibilities.

A little dancer adds a feather boa to Cinderella's Dress

A little dancer adds a feather boa to Cinderella’s Dress

Cinderella's Dress is completed. She's ready for the ball!

Cinderella’s Dress is completed. She’s ready for the ball!

Cinderella's little mice helpers pose in front of their completed project.

Cinderella’s little mice helpers pose in front of their completed project.

Cinderella’s Suds

We all know that, although the mice tried so hard, Cinderella’s evil stepmother did not allow her to go to the ball. Instead she was told to clean the chateau until they returned. Cinderella, was sad of course, but she always has a way to see the good side of everything- even cleaning. The next game we play at Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camps is Cinderella’s Suds. The dance floor is covered with balloons. As the music plays, they dance but when the music stops their instructor shouts “Bubbles!” and they all dance with their bubbles until the music plays again.

Dancing with Cinderella's soap bubbles

Dancing with Cinderella’s soap bubbles

Cleaning is fun, when you're Cinderella

Cleaning is fun, when you’re Cinderella

Princesses love balloons

Princesses love balloons

Bibbity Bobbity Boo Game

All our Princesses receive a Magic Wind, Tiara, and Fairy Wings as part of the Essential Princess Necessities kit. After all our princesses receive their necessities kit we get ready to play Bibbity Bobbity Boo! Each dancer gets a chance to be the Fairy Godmother. With a wave of her magic wand she can turn her fellow dancers into anything: a princess, a horse, a bird, or a frog…as long as she says Bibbity Bobbity Boo, the options are endless.

Each Princess receives an Essential Princess Necessities kit which includes Fairy Wings, Magic Wand and a Tiara

Each Princess receives an Essential Princess Necessities kit which includes Fairy Wings, Magic Wand and a Tiara

Princess Tiaras and Fairy Wings

Princess Tiaras and Fairy Wings

Dancers put on their fairy wings, tiaras and get their magic wands ready to Bibbity Boobity Boo.

Dancers put on their fairy wings, tiaras and get their magic wands ready to Bibbity Boobity Boo.

Bibbity Bobbity Boo- What will you turn into next?

Bibbity Bobbity Boo- What will you turn into next?

The Hunt for the Glass Slipper

Our Fairy Godmother visits the dance studio the day before Camp begins and leaves her Fairy Godmother clues around the dance studio to help the dancers find Cinderella’s missing glass slipper. Clues like: ‘The Tea Party table hides your next clue, skip to the table to find it.’ When the dancers complete all the proper dance moves to find the glass slipper, they find the slipper safe and sound. The game wouldn’t be complete without each princess getting to check if the glass slippers are a perfect fit.

The Fairy Godmother leaves her clues around the dance room. Look for the clue with her sunshine symbol.

The Fairy Godmother leaves her clues around the dance room. Look for the clue with her sunshine symbol.

 

 

 

The dancers read the clues left behind by the Fairy Godmother to find Cinderella's lost slipper.

The dancers read the clues left behind by the Fairy Godmother to find Cinderella’s lost slipper.

The hunt continues.

The hunt continues.

Where could the shoe be?

Where could the shoe be?

The princesses search for clues from the Fairy Godmother

The princesses search for clues from the Fairy Godmother

Once the glass slipper is found, each princess gets to try them on to check for the perfect fit.

Once the glass slipper is found, each princess gets to try them on to check for the perfect fit.

The Glass Slipper- Perfect Fit

The Glass Slipper- Perfect Fit

Join Dance Exploration at our next Fairy Tale Princess Dance Camp visiting locations and schools across Denver, Lone Tree, Castle Rock and Aurora. Experience Cinderella’s story in a whole new way! Summer Camp dates, times and locations are available online at http://www.dancexploration.co/fairy-tale-dance-camps.html

Camps are best for boys and girls ages 3-7

Exploring Cinderella is also a wonderful birthday party option! Let us know how you liked the games!

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Summer Camps: By Kids-For Kids in Denver Colorado!

SUMMER CAMPSDance Exploration has always offered a fun variety of classes for our students in our after school program and summer time isn’t much different! For parents, there are always so many choices when it comes to summer programming and picking the right choice for you and your kids! How do you know what is best?

Here are some tips for picking the best summer camp for your family!

Fun for all Ages!

Make sure the programs you enroll your child or children in offers a little bit of something for everyone! Here at Dance Exploration we offer Summer Camps for preschool and elementary aged children alike! This way big brother or sister aren’t left out while baby sister gets to enjoy a magical summer dancing experience! For preschool aged children (ages 3-7), Dance Exploration creates a magical and imagination filled adventure with our Fairy Tale Princess Summer Camps and Super Hero Summer Camps! Complete with dancing, arts, crafts, obstacle courses and more, this three hour long dance adventures keep their imaginations peaked and their bodies moving! At the same time, our Elementary Aged (5+) Hip Hop and Cheerleading Camps allow for a physically challenging and creatively fun camp for older kids to enjoy!

Engaging Curriculum!

Find a program that has been proven to entertain and create lasting memories! Anyone can conduct a Summer Dance Camp, but at Dance Exploration we take it one step further! Take a look for yourself:

Fairy Tale Princess Camps- The Only Princess Camps in Denver where you can meet your own Princess!

FAIRY TALE DANCE CAMPSOnce upon a time, there was a group of dancing princesses. They danced in the morning, made beautiful crafts, twirled and spun in the prettiest dresses around, met other princesses just like them and some princes too! So many adventures they went on each day: they met a fairy Godmother who gave them princess crowns and glass slippers! They cast fairy spells for newborn princesses to protect her from evil. They had snowball fights with a hideous beast. They swam under the sea with the Little Mermaid. They kissed some frogs and built snowmen too! By the end of it all was a little rest and relaxation with a Princess Tea Party! Tea, muffins, cookies and cakes all served by a beautiful real-life princess!  The Princesses all gathered by the Princess Castle to talk about what being a princess is all about! Learn more about our Fairy Tale Princess Summer Camps

Super Hero Camps- Calling all Super Heroes on a Secret Mission to defeat Evil through Dance and Movement!

SUPER HERO CAMPSThe Super Heroes gathered to train in strength, balance and agility exercises to ensure the defeat of the evil villains that lurked to destroy their beloved city! Buildings, kryptonite and atomic threats were no match for the super heroes who jumped, kicked and spun their way to defeating the villains. They created flying disks, capes and other weapons and built tools to help them succeed. When they completed their victories they celebrated with a Super Hero Party! All in a days work! Learn more about our Super Hero Summer Camps

Hip Hop Summer Camps- By Kids – For Kids!

HIP HOP SLIDE SHOWFor boys and girls, Hip Hop Camps will teach children all details of the Urban street styles of Hip Hop dancing from break dancing, popping, locking, and free style. If you’re frequently captivated by the dancers on hit TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew, then Hip Hop Summer Camps are right for you!  What makes our Hip Hop camps unique? Our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum allows for dancers to provide input on their learning and creative process! Most dance classes are set up for the instructor to lead the class without input from students, with our Curriculum students’ are allowed to provide input and create in teams or individually. The end of the camps will include a performance for family and friends to witness all that the campers have learned. Learn more about our Hip Hop Summer Camps

Cheerleading Summer Camps- By Kids – For Kids!

CHEER SLIDE SHOWFocused on Team Work, Team Spirit and and Cheering for the Win, Dance Exploration’s Summer Cheerleading Camps are the perfect option for girls and boys who want to learn how to cheer, chant, stunt and  flip like the cheerleaders on their favorite sport teams! What makes our Cheerleading camps unique? Our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum allows for dancers to provide input on their learning and creative process! Most dance classes are set up for the instructor to lead the class without input from students, with our Curriculum students’ are allowed to provide input and create in teams or individually. For example, our cheerleaders may be asked to write their own cheers and then will be given the chance to create choreography to coincide with this cheers! The end of the camps will include a performance for family and friends to witness all that the campers have learned. Learn more about our Cheerleading Summer Camps!

“D-A-N-C-E! Dance Exploration is where you wanna be! Where everybody has the chance, to Dance to Learn and learn to dance!”

Locations!

Find a camp program that offers services in multiple locations!

Dance Exploration, LLC’s Summer Camps for Kids are located at multiple locations in Colorado including:

Denver
Lone Tree
Aurora
Castle Rock

For more on our Summer Camps or to enroll, visit our website!

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.

Buliding a Snow Man Port de Bras and other Snow Day Dance Ideas!

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

A Dance Exploration Creative Dance Student practices her third position Port de Bras.

A Dance Exploration Creative Dance Student practices her third position Port de Bras.

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!

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Dance Exploration students grabbing their toes in their Creative Dance Class.

 

Going Sledding. 

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!

Hot Chocolate!

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?”

Kids: “Coffee Cup!”036

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?”

Kids: “Marshmallows!”

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

A Dance Exploration Creative Dance student practices her butterfly chasses!

A Dance Exploration Creative Dance student practices her butterfly chasses!

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!

Snowflakes!

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!

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Tips and Tricks for Keeping your Dance Class on Pointe

Dance Exploration, LLC offered a $5.00 Dance Teacher Training on 11/11/2012 to offer hands on tips and advice for running a structured dance class for preschool and elementary aged children!

We had a great time doing hands on activities and getting the teachers and children involved! We wanted to share with everyone our tips and tricks to keeping your Creative Dance Classes on Pointe!

1) Music Choices
A big concern and question our teachers had was how to pick music that is kid friendly, fun and easy to dance to! Here are some of our favorite music selections for Creative Dance Classes:

Can’t go wrong with Disney! Most children have seen Disney films, they can relate easily to the songs and characters and makes the class more enjoyable!

Dancing with Miss Melody
This is great for practicing ballet moves. Some of our favorites are her Flowers in the Garden, where we Plie in the sun, Grow Leaves (Passes), and Sip from the puddle (Piques).

Her Jump song also invites us to practice our Sautes, Echappes, Chasses and Skips!

Miss Melodee - Dancing With Miss Melodee CD Cover Art

The Fairies
Another Favorite, more upbeat CD is Fairy Dancing by the Fairies

We do the Fairy Boppity Bop, Dance the Sleep Away and much more fun activities!

2) Creating Structure

We believe in using props and imaginative rules to keep the class structured and under control.

Some little tips:

  • For Warm Ups: Place bandanas or mats on the floor in a circle. Children will know where to sit and it will stop the pre-class run and romp.
  • Across the Floor: Kids get a little antsy when having to wait their turn to go across the floor. This is when your magic super glue comes in. Give everyone some glue on their hands and have them super glue themselves to the wall.
  • Get them talking: Children have a lot they want to say, so instead of trying to keep them quiet, get them talking. When warming up, create warm ups that ask them questions “Where do our butterflies want to fly to today?” “What color are your wings?” “What princess do you want to be today?” A Secret is to keep your warm ups music free to let them get all the stories they want to tell you out at the beginning of class.

3) Incorporating Boy and Girl Movements for the same activity.

One of our student’s favorite activities is Bibbity Bobbidy Boo! We turn the dancers into the character of their choice and then they tip toe walk across the floor! Our teachers learned how to turn all exercises and activities into something both boys and girls could enjoy.

For example the girls were asked which princess they wanted to be? They then put on their glass slippers and tiaras and princess walked. The boys were asked which superhero they wanted to be and then put on their capes and flew across the room. Before the spell can work, they must all show the teacher the Dance Move the Day.

4) Encouraging Good Behavior

The biggest questions we received were how to encourage good behavior, and what to do when a child acts out. Here are some great tips:

Reward Board
On a dry erase board write all of the kids names in your dance class. Next to each name draw one star. Explain before every class that all the children start with one star and throughout the day they can earn more by sharing, being patient, being polite and following rules. When the teacher sees them doing a great job, a second and third star is added by their name. At the end the stars represent the number of stickers the kids will receive. Remind kids who only received one star how they can earn more at the next class and what they can improve on. Be specific! Avoid taking any stars away, as this can be traumatic and cause conflicts in the class. Instead give warnings and remind the kids of the star system. We want to promote the positive behavior through positive reinforcement.

Curbing the “I don’t Wanna’s”
We’ve all had those dancers who just don’t feel like doing something. Whether it’s because they are having an off day, or if it’s every class, here are some techniques to use to curb the “I don’t want to!” Syndrome

  • Offer them a special task: For example you know Miss Sally loves being the Tickler in Dance the Sleep Away. “Miss Sally, if you can do all of your across the floor exercises today, you can be our first ‘Tickler’ in our Sleeping Game!”
  • Partner them up: Children often times feed off the energy of other children. If you see Miss Sally sitting down and not dancing encourage a friend to hold her hand and help her dance.
  • Turn them into something new: Give the nonparticipating dancer a magic wand and ask them to turn the class into different animals: Toads, Cats, Dogs etc. Then tell the dancer it’s your (the teacher’s) turn to turn the class into things. When the dancer sees how much fun everyone is having, they will be quick to participate.
  • Bring a Friend: Usually the “I don’t wanna’s” are more common when a dancer is new to their dance class. New dancers can be more timid as they learn what dancing is all about. Encourage these dancers to bring a friend, usually a favorite stuffed animal or doll, and sit them on the shelf to watch the dancer!

Miss Jessica teaches students in her Creative Movement class how to leap like mouses.

5) Making your class Personable

The best dance instructors are great at creating a curriculum and class flow that fits themselves and their personality. If you aren’t having fun, aren’t confident, or uninspired, you will have a harder time convincing a group of preschoolers to follow along on your dance adventure. Here are some tips for keeping your classes fun and exciting for everyone!

Educate yourself!

  • Check other local dance studios that have popular dance classes, ask if you can observe a class.
  • Participate in Teacher Trainings, like those offered by Dance Exploration, LLC to gain new ideas for your classes. To be involved in our next training, please visit: http://dancexploration.co/Teacher_Trainings.html
  • Search the web for blogs, youtube videos and other tools with advise and tips on preschool dance classes.
  • Attend Seminars and workshops.

Switch it up
If you feel yourself getting burned out or tired, or if you notice your kids are appearing bored, it’s probably a good time to switch up your class. Teach them some new dance steps, create a fun new game, or bring in some new music and props to dance with!

Be Yourself
Make sure your class is a reflection of you and your personality so that the kids can really bond with you and have fun!

Stay tuned for our next blog on our tips from our Hip Hop Training Complete with Video!

One Last Chance for Our Fairy Tale Dance Camps!!!

Has your little girl ever sung out loud the perfect, happy ending to her princess story? Or wished she could waltz in a beautiful ballroom wearing a long sparkly ballgown? How many times has she said she wanted to wear a tiara, or wave her magic wand and change a pumpkin into a coach to bring her to the ball? Just in case you missed signing up for our Fairy Tale Dance Camps, you have one last chance to get in on the last four weeks of camps!

Maybe you can’t make your daughter into a real life princess like Princess Kate… But you can give her the gift of an experience that will make her believe she is! With Dance Exploration’s Fairy Tale Dance Camps, she will get to experience a fairy tale story from start to finish. This educational literacy program begins with hearing the story of her favorite Princess and fairy tale. After that, she will sing and dance to some of the famous songs involved in the story, and is given props to act it out! For example, if she is learning about the story of “Cinderella,” she may learn how to sing the song “Bibbedy-Bobbidy-Boo,” learn how to twirl with a magic wand, and turn a pumpkin into a fancy coach to take Cinderella away to the ball. Later, as she plays “dress up” and is given Cinderella’s beautiful tiara and ball gown to dance at the ball in, she will learn more graceful and princess-like dance steps. And, she will actually get the chance to pose in front of Cinderella’s castle and get their picture taken– to always remember her experience as a true Princess!
Cinderella is just one of the many fairy tales Dance Exploration offers as a dance camp. For more info or to register, see our webpage http://dancexploration.com/fairytales.aspx. You only have four more weeks of camps to choose from, register today and give your little girl the gift she’ll never forget– the gift of feeling like a real Princess!