18 January 2023
It's no secret that kids love games. And what better way to introduce them to the world of ballet than by playing some fun and playful games? In this article, we will explore five such games that young dancers can enjoy. We will also provide instructions on how to play each one. So read on, and get ready to have some fun!
Playing musical statues in a ballet class is great fun! Here's how it works: when the music starts, everyone dances around the room. When the music stops, everyone has to freeze in place like a statue. The last person to freeze is out. Then the music starts again and everyone dances until the next round of statues. The game continues until there's only one person left - the winner! Playing musical statues is a great way to improve children's balance and control in ballet class.
This classic game can be easily adapted for a ballet class. To play, have the students line up and choose one student to be Simon. Simon will then give instructions, such as “Simon says touch your toes” or “Simon says do a plié”. The students must only do the instruction if Simon begins the instruction with “Simon says”. If a student does an instruction without Simon saying “Simon says”, then they are out of the game. The winner is the last person standing. This game is a great way to review ballet steps and positions.
This is a fun game that is perfect for review at the end of a ballet class. To play, have the students line up on one side of the room. Choose one student to be “it”. “It” will then choose a ballet step or position, such as a tendu or an arabesque. The students must then race to the other side of the room and back, completing the step or position chosen by “it”. The first person back is safe. The last person back is “it” for the next round. The game continues until everyone has had a turn at being “it”.
This is a classic game that can be easily adapted for a ballet class. To play, have the students line up around the perimeter of the room. Place a chair in the middle of the room for every student except for one. The students will then ballet dance around the chairs to music. When the music stops, everyone must grab a seat in a chair. The student who is left without a chair is out. Remove one chair and repeat the game until there is only one student left - the winner!
This is a fun and active game that is perfect for review at the end of a ballet class. To play, hide a bunch of small ballet-related objects around the room. These could be things like a single ballet shoe, a pair of tights, a leotard, etc. The students must then search for the objects and bring them back to you. The first student to find all of the objects is the winner. This game is a great way to review the vocabulary of ballet.
So there you have it - five fun games that young dancers will love. These games are perfect for a ballet class, but can also be adapted for other dance styles.