Minute Masterclass Episode 182

Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance and creator of the Foundations Course for Early Childhood Dance Educators and the DiscoverDance Experience Membership. Today, we’re beginning a new series for back to dance prep! This is our second series on this subject. Be sure to listen to Minute Masterclass episodes 81-84 for more tips on how to prepare for the new dance season. 

Let’s talk about props. Now is the time to check your prop inventory. I like to plan a day at the studio where I bring all my props out, inspect each of them to make sure they aren’t broken, and evaluate the effectiveness of the organization and storage. From there, I take note of what I need more of or what needs to be replaced. If the budget allows, I also like to add a new prop to the mix. In order to decide what that new prop may be, I take note of what types of props I have and what I could use more of. For example, if I only have scarves as solo props, I may want to add ribbon rings or streamers to my collection. If I only have rhythm sticks as musical props, maybe it’s time to add shaker eggs or noodle sticks to the mix. Once I have inventoried everything, I like to give them a good cleaning by either wiping them down or taking them home to be washed. Side note here- the Bear Paw Creek DiscoverDance collection props (giant stretchy band, scarves, bean bags, and balloon ball) can all be washed in the washing machine. Once they are clean, I store the props in their proper place at the studio and they are ready for the new dance season!

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