I Hope You Dance!
I have dance on my mind since my daughter participated in the final dance competition of the season this past weekend. In fact, I got in the act as well and competed in a big studio number on stage with my daughter. Here we are backstage at the competition:
When did you last dance with your children? Whether you are a trained dancer or can only step side-to-side to the music, you can dance in your homeschool day. There are many amazing benefits to dance! It’s also an easy “physical education” activity you can do inside the home, especially on rainy or snowy days.
Here are some ideas for having fun with dance in your homeschool:
- Pop some orchestral music on and hand your children each a scarf to move with to the music. You can throw the scarf, sway with the scarf, make circles with the scarf, or anything the music moves you to do. The William Tell Overture finale is excellent for this, as is Holst’s The Planets, or even your favourite movie soundtrack.
- How did people dance from the historical period you’re studying? If you’re studying the 17th or 18th century, try a Minuet. If you’re studying Modern times, have some fun with the twist, the polka, or the bunny hop!
- Are you studying a different culture? Learn the Mexican Hat Dance if you’re studying Mexico (here’s a fun way to learn this dance with young children), or some Indian Bollywood to go along with your studies of India.
- Put on some music from your youth and show your children how you used to tear up the dance floor in “your day”.
- If you enjoy having fun with different styles of dance, pick up or rent a Zumba DVD and give it a try. Zumba is dance as a form of exercise, and incorporates many different styles.
- Do you have a Wii? Enjoy “Just Dance” or the Wii Fit. Parents can dance too, it’s a hoot and it’s great exercise! (We like to pull Just Dance out for birthday parties and often the parents will dance in the background to some of their favourites while the children play).
- If worship dance is more your style, put on some worship music and dance unto the Lord.
- Do you or your children want to explore a particular style of dance?
- If you fancy tap dancing, check out this tap visual “dictionary” website. Click on the links and a video will show you how to do each step, starting with the easiest ones and progressing in difficulty.
- Here is a great ballet site, The American Ballet Theatre Ballet Dictionary which has definitions and photos for everything ballet.
- Check out this series of how-to videos for jazz
- Whatever the style of dance you’re interested in, there are likely videos and books available at the library or YouTube videos online.
- Of course, nothing can compare to lessons at a terrific, local dance studio, whether it’s for your children, yourself, or both. Enjoy classes at the studio then have fun practising daily as part of your homeschool day!
“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
I hope you dance,
I hope you dance.”
~ from “I Hope You Dance” – song by Lee Ann Womack
Do you ever dance in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below!
Love, Luck &