Misty Copeland in the studio (photography by Michael Williams)
When your teacher has given names such as ‘backwards meerkat’ and ‘booty bounce’ to sections of the choreography, you know it’s going to be a fun lesson.
I know it’s really, really early to be thinking about this and I probably won’t even get to start teaching in August, but has anyone on here ever taught dance to little kids? Like 3-5 year olds? Because IF they let me teach I bet that’s the age range I’ll get. Like what exactly do you teach them? I know they can’t do much at that age but I don’t want to teach them the same things over and over again? How do you keep them from getting bored with dance class?
I’ve worked as a teacher’s assistant for 3-4 year olds.
We taught them basic things like how to stand and jump in first, pliés, tendus, etc. but everything is super simplified of course. We were more concerned with getting them to do the right action than say to go through their feet in a tendu!
To do this we turned most things into games. For example, gallops were taught in a circle to nursery rhymes, and to teach tendus we made the children make a pond out of a long circular ribbon (we had some toy frogs for them to put in it!) and we made them pretend they were dipping their toes in the pond. Oh, and when they were being picked up, we encouraged them to skip to their parent/guardian, it became almost a rule and it was amazing how quickly some of them learnt to skip!
Hope this is of some use!