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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Miss Zoe knows what it takes to be #PURPLE

IMG_7588What has been your favorite Dance Exploration School to Teach at? Why?
My favorite school to teach at is Crestmoor Early Learning Center. Not only are the group of girls adorable, but they are always keeping me on my toes 🙂
If you met someone on the street that never heard of Dance Exploration, what would you tell them about our company? I usually explain to people that Dance Exploration is an enrichment program that specializes in dance. I also tell people what makes us unique is that our goal is to get affordable dance into as many schools as possible so that as many children as possible can have the chance to learn the wonderful art. We also use dance as a fun learning tool by incorporating day to day/academic themes into our curriculum.
When you aren’t teaching and working with Dance Exploration, what are you doing? When I’m not working with Dance Exploration, I spend my own time practicing ballet, tap, and jazz as well as working as a Guest Experience Captain at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Which letter in the SPARKLE system is most beneficial to you? Why? (Systems, Pledges, Ambitions, Regiments, Knowledge, Leadership, Expressions) Ambitions, in my opinion, are the most beneficial to me because my goals are what keeps me motivated. My hopes and dreams are the reasons why I keep challenging myself to become a better teacher/dancer/person in general.

Miss Zoe is our current teacher of the month! She shows everyday how to be #PURPLE by sharing her Passion, Unique Talents, Reliability, Professionalism, Love of Kids and Educated knowledge of dance techniques and our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum.

Celebrating going Back to School in Dance Class

We’ve had a great start to our Back to School Dance Classes for the 2014/2015 school year! We couldn’t be happier with all that our children are learning and with an upcoming Nuggets performance, we will be able to share their progress with a live audience!

This year, in our preschool classes, we have been creating a monthly theme of which to base our weekly curriculum and song choices!

Our September theme was ‘Back to School!’
Our kids enjoyed some fun activities based entirely on going back to school! We are going to share some of the fun activities that the kids learned during the month of September. You are more than welcome to try any of these in your dance classes! The next time you’re looking for a ‘Back to School!’ dance game or activity for your little ones, give any of these a try! Leave us a comment and let us know how you like it!

Warm Up Activity: Pack a Lunch
Sitting in a Straddle position go around the circle and ask each child individually what they want for lunch.

Jimmy wants a sandwich- Reach towards your right foot. Grab a sandwich and put it in your box (drum the floor in the center of your legs).
Sally wants an apple- Reach towards your left foot. Grab an apple and put it in your box (drum the floor in the center of your legs).

Boys at the Montessori Children's House of Denver pack up their lunches during warm ups in dance class.

Boys at the Montessori Children’s House of Denver pack up their lunches during warm ups in dance class.

When all the kids had a turn, eat your lunch up. Starting towards your right foot, bend forward and across the floor to the left foot. Ask, “Who still has food left? Raise your hand!” Then start from the left foot, bend forward and across the floor to the right foot. Be sure to make your “Nom, Nom, Nom!” noises!

Around the Room Activity: Wheels on the Bus
Standing in the middle of the room in the circle sing, ‘The Wheels on the Bus go ‘Round and ‘Round!’

March around the circle and add a different movement to each verse.

The Wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round: March while circling your arms to the right and to the left

The Wipers on the bus go swish swish swish: March while doing swishing arms above your head

Students at BMH-BJ demonstrate how they march in a circle during 'The Wheels on the Bus!' activity.

Students at BMH-BJ demonstrate how they march in a circle during ‘The Wheels on the Bus!’ activity.

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep: Bend your knees and bounce each time the horn goes beep

The lights on the bus go on and off: When the lights are on do a big jump with arms out. When the lights go off jump in and get little.

The driver on the bus says ‘Sit, Sit, Sit’: Make a pointing finger and bounce. Tell a friend to sit, sit sit.

When you’ve done it a few times, have the kids sing and dance the song on their own!
Across the Floor Activity: Late for School Obstacle Course!

Put together a fun, ‘Late to School!’ Obstacle Course.

Clear the room and put down items in a pathway that the child must jump, climb, or crawl through.

For example: Mats on the floor can be rocks the child must hop scotch on.
Jump ropes could be stairs that they have to leap down. Hula Hoops can be puddles they must jump in.
They need to crawl through a tunnel to get to their spot on the bus.

A student at the Primrose School climbs through an Obstacle Course.

A student at the Primrose School climbs through an Obstacle Course.

Try these fun ‘Back to School!’ Games in your class! Let us know how like them 😀

Miss Alyssa: Teacher of the Month- April

At Dance Exploration, we believe in recognizing the amazing dedication and hard work of our staff members. Through awarding different teacher of the month awards our Staff has learned the value of hard work, devotion, and dedication to Dance Exploration and our ‘Dance to Learn!’ Curriculum.

Miss Alyssa was recently hired on to join the Dance Exploration at the beginning of 2014. Thus far she as been an amazing asset to our team of Dance Educators. Alyssa has been a devoted dancer and cheerleader for the past 23 years. She has 5 years of professional experience as a dancer for the IFL, NLL, and First Pointe Players Ballet Company. Her dance training and education includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, character, modern, contemporary, tap, tumbling, and poms. She is very excited to share her passion for dance with the Dance Exploration, LLC students.

Alyssa tells us how she feels about getting awarded her first Teacher of the Month Award!

How does it feel to be awarded Teacher of the month?

Receiving the award for teacher of the month is a privilege. Similar to the other Dance Exploration instructors, dance is my passion. I love that I can share with others the art that brings me so much joy.

 

What is your favorite Dance Exploration class to teach and why?

My favorite Dance Exploration class to teach is Pom/Cheer. I like that the class if composed of multiple aspects such as cheers, chants, dance, stunting, and tumbling.

 

How do you create unique ‘Dance to Learn!’ activities to keep your students excited and interested in Dance class?

In order to create an effective ‘Dance to Learn!’ environment, I oftentimes incorporate props into a dance game. I ensure that all of the activities allow for cognitive growth, by allowing students opportunities to practice skills such as leadership, teamwork, and many others. I also understand as a dance educator that I must stay organized to eliminate wasted time between activities; shortening the transition time between activities has been very effective in keeping the students’ minds stimulated.

 

What is your favorite classroom management technique?

My favorite classroom management technique is appointing leaders, one or two at a time, to assist. These rotating leaders are given a number of responsibilities from demonstrating the activity to keeping their peers quite. For example, one method used in pom/cheer to keep students’ voices down is  to have the leader(s) wave her pom poms above his/her head when the volume gets too loud. The other students in the room are expected to copy until everyone is waving his or her pomp poms and the volume lowers.

 

Is there a teacher that inspires you? Who? And Why?

A teacher who inspires me is Miss Stephanie. Before I started teaching through Dance Exploration, I observed one of her classes. I was extremely impressed by how well she could multitask. Miss Stephanie was able to simultaneously teach choreography, give corrections, demonstrate, maintain the classroom, and control the music. Miss Stephanie makes instructing dance look easy, and students truly enjoy her classes.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

It is Teacher Appreciation week this week, what better way to reach out and thank each of our teachers and staff for the amazing job they do each and every day! Dance Exploration, LLC Dance Educators aren’t just dance teachers, they enhance the lives of children who would never get to dance if it weren’t for them! Since Dance Exploration, LLC is a mobile studio, our teachers don’t get to travel to a studio every day and teach the same kids who have parents who are lucky enough to afford a monthly dance class tuition. Our teachers travel into Title One schools and teach children who’s parents can hardly afford food, let alone a dance class! It takes a special type of teacher, a special person who wants to feel a different type of fulfillment when teaching. ”

Owner and Director Miss Jessica helps a super student through a dance obstacle course.

Owner and Director Miss Jessica helps a super student through a dance obstacle course.

To see the smiles on my students faces everyday, that is why I love my job!” Says Miss Mary, one of our amazing Dance Educators!

Read why Dance Exploration Super Students love their teachers!

Dance Exploration, LLC is always looking for new teachers to join our amazing team! Visit our Careers page to learn more about coming a Dance Educator!

 

 

Benefits of After School Enrichment Programs

Dance Exploration, LLC offers major benefits to school children as an after school enrichment program! We bring our educational “Dance to Learn!” Curriculum to children in preschools, day cares, elementary schools and middle and high schools!

Our business philosophy is “Every child should have the chance to dance!”

Miss Jackie teaches a child how to do first position "Pizza Feet!"

Miss Jackie teaches a child how to do first position “Pizza Feet!”

Many schools are now cutting budgets for enrichment programs due to the state of our economy! We can understand why they feel the need to make this change, however, enrichment programs offer great benefits to children in schools!

Here are some of the benefits of After School Enrichment Programs such as Dance Exploration, LLC:

 

 

  • Not all children learn the same way. Enrichment Programs can help children learn math, science, reading and often times other languages in a fun new way.
  • The best enrichment programs teach the whole child and can take into account different learning styles of the children. The best enrichment programs should be offered to coincide with the syllabus taught in schools as a complimentary program.
  • When scheduling an after school enrichment program, look for those that offer a literacy program, such as Dance Exploration, LLC’s Terpsichore Literacy Program! A Reading readiness program for children will bring huge value to your students and help them with their language development.
  • An enrichment program allows children to think in a more creative way, this can help them with their problem solving skills and allow them to come up with new solutions to common problems.
  • Enrichment programs, such as dance in particular, can help students with confidence! When a step they have been struggling with is mastered, they will have a new found confidence to realize that hard work, perseverance, and pursuing goals is worth it! This can even give children a new motivation and reason to complete high school and graduate!
  • A well rounded enrichment program will also teach children important social skills: working together with others, being a team, solving common disputes among peers. Look for a program that encourages large groups of children to come together and work together.
  • When booking an after school enrichment program, look for a program that actively includes the families in their child’s learning progress. The Dance Exploration Family Engagement Program is an example of a program that actively involves the families in their child’s learning.

These are so many more benefits of having an Enrichment Program such as Dance Exploration at your school.

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Family Engagement Blog: Parker Core Knowledge

Dancers participating in Dance Exploration, LLC Creative Movement Classes are taught "Dance to Learn!" Curriculum

Dancers participating in Dance Exploration, LLC Creative Movement Classes are taught “Dance to Learn!” Curriculum

Written by Samantha Mattei

Hello Parents/Guardians!
Another very successful and fun-filled week! Your daughters were incredibly imaginative, eager-to-learn, and energetic… they are such a joy to teach. I started out by meeting both of them by having the girls pass around the ‘Happy Hat’, which is a little bowler-hat covered in smiley faces. I asked each student to introduce themselves with her name, and one thing that made her happy. (Both Ashlyn and Macy said they were happy that their families were coming into town for Thanksgiving—too cute!) After that introduction game, and the girls had a few minutes to share their stories, we moved on to the dance! This week, we did a lot of stretching for warm-ups that involved animals, because the students respond very positively to these imaginative and interactive poses. I used the flashcards that promoted color-coding and reading the names of animals (cat, dog, bear, etc). They also came up with a few of their own ideas, such as ‘snow angels’ and ‘unicorns’. We then moved onto ‘across the floor work.’ I placed green, yellow, and red circles on the ground. The girls were instructed to do specific movements (tippy toes, stomps, cat crawls, etc) fast to the green, slow to the yellow, and then stopped at the red, where they would then give us their favorite dance move. It gave each student a chance to shine and show us her stuff! And finally, we wrapped up our day with a freestyle dance, where they both danced and taught me their dance moves… and we cheered-on each other, as they individually went into the center and danced to Devo’s “Whip It”. At the end of class, each girl participated so well, that each was given a ‘smiley’ sticker and a high-five. Another great class!