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!

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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A Peek Inside a Creative Dance class!

We just recently rolled out the new look of our website. This also included the new ‘Dance to Learn!’ Curriculum and 5 Methods of dance that we have discovered to ensure that we are teaching the whole child!

 

What are the 5 Methods of the ‘Dance to Learn!’ Curriculum in a Creative Dance Class?

Method 1: ‘Dance to Learn!’

‘Dance to Learn!’ is also our mission. We were founded on the premise that dance should be taught in a way that benefits the child as a whole, not merely just for recreation. To do this we have a monthly theme for our classes. This keeps our classes exciting and new every time. We’ve also found original music that coincides with the theme. The songs are fun, upbeat and easy for the kids to learn so they can sing along too. The themes are age appropriate and are designed around a child’s development stages. Focusing on Cognitive, Language, Social and Motor Development ensures that our creative dance classes are a great tool to compliment any core curriculum at a Montessori or preschool.

Method 2: ‘Dance to Discover!

Dance Exploration helps children discover the world around them. By applying a monthly theme we can focus on a new area of life that kids will be excited to learn more about. Whether the theme is ‘Back to School,’ ‘Animals,’ ‘Enchanted Creatures,’ etc they will get to make discoveries through imaginative play and movement.

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Method 3: ‘Dance to Express!

People dance to express themselves. It makes people happier by reducing stress. We encourage our dancers in our Creative Dance classes to make decisions about their dancing that satisfies themselves. For example, if a student is asked to dance like a monkey and wants to crawl on the floor like a gorilla rather then stand up and swing from pretend branches, they are encouraged and rewarded for creativity and thinking outside the box. Dance Exploration Educators are trained to recognize different types of thinkers and how to reward, inspire and encourage each individual child’s creative process.

Method 4: ‘Dance to Accept!

Preschoolers are at a very important stage in social development. They are learning important skills such as patience, sharing, being kind vs being mean, etc. In our Creative Dance classes students are taught to exhibit these qualities. Like all activities, our dance classes are structured and come with rules and expectations. Students are reminded of these guidelines each week to ensure a smooth class can be had by all involved. Monthly themes include partner and group exercises to teach preschoolers team work at a young age. Whether it be dancing with partners, playing follow the leader, or sharing props, the dancers will be learning important social skills and how to work with their peers.

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Method 5: ‘Dance to Move!

Of course dancing is all about moving! In Creative Dance kids will learn all their basic movements! Locomotor skills include: Tippi Toe walking, marching, skipping, leaping, jumping, kicking, twirling and some more difficult movements such as crab walks, grape vines, and combining skills. Dancers will also learn their non-locomotor movements such as twisting, shaking, bending, swaying, stretching etc. The use of props such as scarves, tambourines, maracas, stuffed animals, etc will also teach important find motor skills!

What is a Dance Exploration Creative Dance Class?

Dance Exploration, LLC’s Creative Dance classes have been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development. Class begins with warm ups which include stretches to popular Nursery Rhymes such as “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” and other fun songs and rhymes. Multi Colored Scarves and props are also used in the warm ups to increase fine motor skills and improve hand-eye co-ordination and of course to make simple steps like twirling more fun! Across the Floor Exercises consist of basic elementary dance movements with the focus on correct execution and technique. Many of these exercises are done alone, but several include partner activities to encourage social development and peer relations. Mat work is included in this class to teach shapes and concepts such as over, under, through, around, in between, inside, outside, and more. Mat work is also great for spatial awareness. Class ends with costumes and free style dancing where the child is allowed to let their creativity and imagination take over. They are challenged to learn musicality as they dance to fast and slow tempos, and their minds are encouraged to work when asked to strike big, little or medium poses or pose like animals or bugs! The Creative Dance Class includes 
The Terpsichore Literacy Program
where once a month children will be reading a children’s book and taken on an adventure with their dance Educator re-enacting the story with movement. Children are nurtured by their instructor through a “Yes” Environment, and the small class size ensures the personal attention needed at this stage of learning. Children at this level are taught the fundamentals of choreography where they are taught dance routines and how to memorize them. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and are designed to encourage self-confidence and worth when executed correctly! Parents are able to observe what their child has learned through several free observations and community performances through out the session! Creative Dance classes include participation in the Dance Exploration Family Engagement Program!

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Book a Creative Dance Class at your school!