Minute Masterclass Episode 27
Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance. Props are essential for early childhood dance education. They allow children to visualize and solve problems, accomplish class goals, and assist with developing foundational movement skills that prepare students for specialized dance skills. Not to mention, they are colorful, fun, and help keep even our tiniest dancers engaged by creating a multisensory learning environment.
Sanitizing props effectively between classes is definitely not something we want to add to our to-do list during this pandemic. That’s why I encourage you to consider disposable props. These options are convenient, affordable, and will help ensure germs aren’t passed from one dancer to another.
Visit your local dollar store and let your creativity take over! Small paper plates become balancing props. Place one on your head as you tiptoe along the perimeter of your double dance box with arms in first. Crepe paper becomes streamers for the Freeze Dance and party hats turn into cones for jumping or leaping over. Dancers can simply dispose of the prop or take it with them to continue their exploring or developing of skills at home. For more information, visit DiscoverDance.com.