After our successful summer special, we are going to be restarting our Floor Explorer classes in the autumn!
This is a great place to come and meet other parents with younger children whilst also giving your child an opportunity to exercise their creativity in a fun environment where their thoughts and ideas are valued and given room to grow.
Classes are suitable for any child who is walking. Classes £4.50 per child and £2.50 for an additional child.
Fees are paid on a termly basis (6 terms per year)*
It is time to sign up for our autumn classes! The dates for our autumn creative ballet classes are ready and available to book.
Our classes are fun, developmentally appropriate, interdisciplinary, creative and imaginative. They enable children to experience and enjoy ballet without the pressure of exams and with trained and experienced teachers.
Hey there “Floor Explorers” I hope you’re all managing to enjoy this lovely weather. This week’s Floor Explorers theme was going to be “Bridges and Tunnels” so I thought that I would bring you some ideas to do at home or in the garden.
FIRSTLY… Can you make a standing up Bridge with your legs and do you have a friend that can travel through your bridge?
Now swop and see if you can travel through theirs.
Can you make other kinds of bridges using your whole body? Perhaps in a crawl or a back bend. How many different types of bridges can you make?
What other bridges can you make using other body parts and what can fit through the bridge space?
How many bridges can you make from small finger bridges to bigger body parts all at the same time?
NEXT…. Can you find some fabric or a blanket to make a tunnel and crawl all the way to the end and back, try crawl backwards through it too?
If you can find others to join in then you could put all your various body bridges together to make a tunnel and take it in turns to travel through.
ALSO….. have you got any bridges and tunnels in your home? go and find objects or furniture that could be tunnels for yourself or your toys to travel through.
ART: I thought the photograph was a good inspiration for an art activity (providing you have toilet rolls!)
Don’t forget you can also dance The Chocolate Tree Dance and I’m going to list the order of moves for others to join in too…..
Curl up tight as a ball like a cocoa bean in the ground
Start to grow into a tree getting taller with arms twisting out like branches
Shake branches in the wind
Fall to the ground and roll like the newly grown cocoa beans would do in the wind
Swoop up the beans and crush into cocoa powder with fists banging together using alternate hands on top
Make a circle holding hands with your dancing pals to form a mixing bowl
Using your shoulders pretend to shake in some sugar (at least 3 times)
Stretching arms up high and bending over to your toes pretend you are pouring in milk (at least 3 times)
Now you have your gooey chocolate mixture stir it altogether by side galloping around in a circle and then back to your spot.
Smooth out your mixture using your body with a long, smooth, stretch using your legs or arms (we did it with bare feet on a smooth floor in class)
Finish the dance by making the shape of your favourite Chocolate treat……
OR try these ones out for fun!
Curly Wurly !!
The music that works well for this dance is the Putomayo track on our resources page on www.createmovedance.net Hope you have fun! Georgie 😊
Home practice for “BALLET TECH” and “BALLET FORM”: Both classes have been creating choreography inspired by our theme Winter. Each child is dancing in a group that has chosen music either from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Winter (or a piece called Clair de Lune by Debussy.
Practice maybe a bit trickier in these classes as in class students work as a group but maybe some willing siblings or family members would enjoy being taught some extra parts so that these choreographies can be practised more easily at home! Our focus for this term has been Coordination, why not see what movements or exercises you can come up with that incorporate arms and legs working in opposition to one another OR movements with arms and legs that work in time starting and finishing together.
BALLET ADVANCE students…. there is plenty you can be practising at home. Keep up with regular pointe work exercises which you should all know. I believe Rachel worked a lot on feet with you last week too. Also you could practise your fan dances and continue to come up with some choreographic ideas to add using your fans. I am not able to tell you which Saints Saen track it is yet but am working on finding out the name for you to access the music. I will post it on here once I can. I will be endeavouring to post regular posts so you can KEEP DANCING at home! Please share ideas on here so that others can have ago at them too. Georgie