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? asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 10 years ago

Baby Tap lesson ideas?

Hi, I am teaching ballet for ages 3-4 and 5-6 and I would love some new tap class ideas! thanks :)

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  • 10 years ago
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    hey there i want too sure what you mean by new lesson ideas so i have given a few examples!

    (Tap moves/Steps)

    I have found a video of someone teaching some tap movements that would be suitable for the age gap better than me trying to explain it! you may need to skip the video's a little.

    Basic toe and heel taps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-vAx1U5Ao4&feature...

    Basic toe hops (skip to 5:57)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRQmxUzA37c&feature...

    you can also do "heel digs": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rruUxb0b5M

    basic shuffles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFF4vk0uWMQ

    you can mix those up and create all sorts of movements!

    (Lesson ideas)

    if you meant ideas as in things to do i suggest these:

    *Tapping from the corners of the room either one thier own or with a partner.

    *Holding hands in a circle tapping around in a circle

    *Adding props! this is a GREAT idea as the children love hands on things! plastic watering cans pretending to water the flowers tapping left to right is great.

    silk like scarfs waving them about whilst tapping.

    *Being animals and creating tapping sounds for an animal, for example a tiger would be loud scraping taps and a moving bird can be medium taps and little mice for tiny tapping on your toes!

    *Selecting very different types of music playing short snippits can be Energizing for the children for example a fast moving song then they FREEZE! and then a slow song. this is good for using thier imaginations and helps them learn quick and slow tap movements!

    this is what i use in my lessons so I hope that i have helped you out a little.

    let me know how it goes!

    good luck :)

    sophie.

    Source(s): Dancing for 15 years Musical theatre trained A passion for Tap!
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