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!

Independent Dance Ambassadors – Keeping Kids safe and active with Dance!

In Colorado, Dance Exploration, LLC has served over 100 schools with our safe and educational after school dance, cheer and theater program. Each of our classes serve an average of 10 participants and 3 rounds of students. If we were able to expand our reach into 100 schools in each state nationwide with our Dance Ambassador program, we could bring a safe and educational after school option to children in 5,000 schools and potentially 150,000 additional children nationwide could be enriched by the opportunities our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum provides.

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Why are after school programs important?

According to the Afterschool Alliance Fact Sheet 11.3 million kids are left unattended during after school hours (usually between the hours of 3 and 6p). Children are more likely to get into ‘trouble’ during these hours.

It’s been determined that children who do participate in after school programs have fewer absences, perform better, are better behaved and score higher on tests than students who do not participate in an after school activity. (Weissberg, R.P., et.al, 20 10)

There are 19.3 MILLION children who would participate in an afterschool program if one were provided to them! That’s 19.3 million children who could potentially benefit from a Dance Ambassador visiting their school with the ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum!

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What are the Outcomes of After School Programs?

  • Improved attendance and engagement in learning
  • Improved test scores and grades
  • Students at the greatest risks received the greatest gains
  • Keep kids safe, active and on track
  • Help working families

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What are the Physical Activity Statistics for After School Hours? 

Based on a report conducted by America After 3 PM (Afterschool Alliance) 13,709 households completed a survey on their expectations of afterschool programs and if the programs were meeting these expectations.

  • 8 in 10 parents surveyed agreed that after school programs should keep the kids physically active.
  • 8 in 10 parents believed the programs should be fun for the kids.
  • 68% of parents will enroll their children in after school program based on how much physical activity it may provide
  • 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth” by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance gave a “D-” which means most children are not receiving 60 minutes or more of physical activity 5 days per week
  • 84% of parents believe that After School programs should offer the opportunity for children to be physically active
  • The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that youth between the ages of 6-17 should exercise for 60 minutes daily.
  • 44% of school administrators have admitted to having to cut physical education activities int their schools to  make room for other academics during school hours
  • 1/3 (32%) of children are considered overweight or obese
  • Only 56% of parents realize that there are standards for after school programs that provide physical activity

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How Can Dance Exploration help or improve these statistics?

Providing a physically active and fun program to students
All Dance Exploration, LLC ‘Dance to Learn!’™ classes include physical activity! Classes inlcude a warm up section designed to warm up muscles with easy stretches, cardio and strength exercises. Across the floor and center activities get the children moving. Activities are designed to improve agility, balance, coordination, strength, mobility, and flexibility. Finally a choreography section (learning a dance to pre-set moves) can be challenging and fun! Our program is fun, dancing is fun! Upbeat music, learning new moves, dancing with props or in groups- our ‘Dance to Learn!™ Curriculum is designed for the whole child in mind. It’s not just teaching dance, it’s allowing children to express themselves through dance and movement! Encouraging creativity in designing and choreographing their own dance moves.

Providing more physical active hours in a day
Our programs are 45-60 minutes long! With the decrease in physically active hours offered to children in schools, they need as many hours of movement and activity as they can get!

Combating childhood obesity
Along with providing an hour of added activity to our students’ day, dance evolves around active and healthy individuals. We encourage our students to live more active lifestyles through a family engagement program. This gets parents moving at home with their children- adding more physical activity. If parents have healthier and more active lifestyles, so will their children.

Improving the awareness of Dance Standards
Like standards for afterschool programs, there are also state and national standards of dance education. Our 5 Methods of Dance™ follow these standards and we are train our Ambassadors on the national and state standards.

Now you know how adding Dance Ambassadors across the US can further enrich the lives of school children nationwide! Make a pledge today to help us get more kids active and dancing!

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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!

Teacher Tools: Inside Miss Jessica’s Teaching Bag!

We’ve had a blast teaching Frozen themed dance classes to the preschoolers around the Denver metro area for the month of January! Our stuffed Olaf visited each and every preschool this month and received warm hugs all around. The children have loved this theme, and can connect so easily with the story and the characters. Sadly, as the month of January comes to a close, so must we also put Olaf and his friends away for now, until next year…or at least until our Princess Fairy Tale Dance Camps happening this summer! It’s been a joy watching our dancers build their very own snowmen, put Olaf together in silly ways, collect ice for the city, visit the trolls to save Anna and dance their way through frozen obstacle courses to share an act of true love to unthaw a frozen heart. We will definitely be missing January!

It takes a lot of creativity and PROPS to put on a successful class with a theme as popular and well known as Frozen. The props that we choose must be beneficial not only to the instructor, but also to the kids and should add to the overall class not deter or distract. It should also make sense! The props should be based on the theme of the class and also serve a purpose.

For the first time, we are diving into our Dance Educators’ bags to see exactly what they need to put on an incredible ‘Dance to Learn!’™ class. We will start with our Director, Miss Jessica!

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1) Elsa Bag
I saw these at Target. I bought three of them. Miss Meg is now the proud owner of one, which she won at our last Staff meeting. I still have the other one saved for groceries, or lunches, or if my current teaching bag fills up!

2) Frozen Matching Game
I also found this at Target. We used the cards to find partners when dancing with a friend. We also played a fun game of pick a card. Whoever was on the card, the kids had to dance out that character.

3) Frozen Books
For our Terpsichore Literacy Program™ we read some short, but fun, Frozen stories. Then we danced and moved out the stories. This month we read “Summer Blast” and “Warm Hugs!”

4) Paper Hands
I have not yet used these. I bought them for an across the floor exercise and have yet to figure out how to incorporate them. I have some fun ideas  on how to incorporate these, it’s now just a matter of implementing a fun, creative and educational dance combo that also compliments our theme.

5) Stuffed Olaf
Our guest of honor this month! Olaf was given to me for Christmas by Miss Nancy. He’s now traveled with me to each and every preschool. He’s seen almost the entire city of Denver in one short month!

6) Princess Card Games
I’m using these for our February theme. They have princesses printed on them. We’re creating some fun movement games with these. They are also a great way to help us find partners when dancing with a friend.

7) Stickers
As a dance teacher, you can’t ever have too many stickers. I have Frozen, Olaf, Princess and Bugs Bunny themed stickers. A little something for everyone.

8) Masking Tape and Spot Stickers
This is great for spatial awareness. Kids, especially preschoolers, have a very small concept space, so asking them to stagger a line is pretty useless and just wastes valuable class time. So I tell them where to stand! I put the masking tape on the floor and the stickers on top, so the dancers always know where their spot is. This improves their overall learning  since they have more room to dance in space and it creates a safe environment  as spatial issues are resolved by assigning a “spot.”

8) Hearts
I can’t say too much about these, as they are part of our February theme. Can you guess what our theme is about???

9) Snowman Parts
We built snowmen blindfolded to see how he would come out. Just like Olaf, our Snowman often times didn’t turn out quite “right.”

That’s a lot to carry around in one bag! Check into future blogs for more of our fabulous dance teacher’s and their teaching bags!

Adventures with Olaf!

Dance Exploration’s January 2015 theme for our Preschool aged Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet Classes is ‘Winter!’

What better kid-friendly and, very popular, character to help us with this concept, than with Olaf! Everyone knows Olaf! He’s a silly snowman who likes ‘Warm Hugs!’ and dreams about living in summer.

Here are some fun Snowman games inspired by Olaf that you can play in your Preschool Aged Dance classes!

Build a Snowman!

This game was inspired by the following Dancing Olaf Video created by Disney Animation Studios:

What you will need:

Construction Paper
Scissors
Black Sharpie

Cut out the different parts of your snowman (ours had 9 pieces total):

2  Small Circles (Feet)
1 Large Circle (Bottom)
1 Medium Circle (Middle)
1 Small Circle (Head)
2 Arm Pieces
1 Carrot Nose
1 Head Piece (hat or hair)

Our Snowman looks like this:

Olaf game

Have the kids help you build the snowman piece by piece so they know how he’s supposed to go together.

Now it gets harder. They must build their snowman blindfolded!

First blindfold each child. Ask them how many spins they want to do (no more than 5) After they’ve done their spins have them put their snowman piece down.

After all the kids have had a turn, your snowman may end up looking more like this:

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Snow Man Prints in the Snow!

Fun for any preschool aged hip hop class!

Pretend that each dance move you do, is to make a print in the snow!

Round 1: Hand Prints
Take a few steps forward and jump down and touch the ground to get your hands in the snow!

Round 2: Snowman Foot Prints
Take a few steps forward, jump down and do a big spin on your bum. Jump up  and do it again!

Round 3: Skid Marks
Take a few steps forward. Bend down with your hand behind you, shoot both legs out and pull them back in. Miss Zoe demonstrates below:

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Round 4: Make a circle
After successfully making your ‘skid marks’ in the snow, next you must cover your tracks by making a big circle! Miss Stephanie’s student demonstrates in her preschool hip hop class:

Dance Exploration is a mobile after school dance and performing arts program for kids, traveling into preschools and elementary schools in the Denver Metro Area! Our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum is enriching the lives of children through out Colorado! Book a free trial at your school! Olaf can’t wait to dance with you either!

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Teacher of the Month- Miss Zoe

Each month, Dance Exploration elects a Sparkling Teacher to showcase as our Teacher of the Month! These teachers exhibit great passion to their art, and strive to provide the best in quality dance classes for our students!

Our Teacher of the Month for October is Miss Zoe! Take a moment to read our interview with Miss Zoe:

1) How do you ensure that you Sparkle each day as a teacher?
I ensure that I Sparkle each day as a teacher by always looking for self improvement. Part of a career that sparkles is having ambitions and knowledge. Every day I look to achieve my goals and I love spending time on my own educating myself in teaching and dance.
2) What do you love about being a Dance Exploration teacher?
My favorite thing about being a Dance Exploration teacher is being able to provide kids a dance education by going around to different schools. I love that I can introduce dance into children’s lives and hopefully I can pass on my passion for dance to my students.
3) What is a fun activity you do each class that the kids love?
For my hip hop classes, most weeks I usually have them do a dance circle where each student gets to dance in the middle of it. Everyone loves it because they can show of their dance moves and add their own personality to it.
4) If you could give dance teachers a bit of advice for a smooth class, what would it be?
I think for a smooth class, it is very important to maintain a positive and calm attitude. I find that doing so will help create a better controlled environment.
Miss Zoe demonstrates a breakdance move at her Hip Hop class at High Plains Elementary.

Miss Zoe demonstrates a breakdance move at her Hip Hop class at High Plains Elementary.

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 😀