Ballet Games

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Many dance teachers focus a lot on learning the rules and technique, but in some cases you have to take into account that it is not always the best recommendation, as is the case of children who use other types of techniques so that they take into account that more than a dance could be even a game and thus make the class much more entertaining and fun.

Some games that could be practiced are:

Dance School

How to play: standing children begin to dance. Suddenly, the teacher shouts the name of a child, and that child becomes the dance instructor. As the child dances the teacher appoints a different child and the children should follow the dance of the child who becomes the new instructor. It is advisable to do it with music.


Dance feet

How to play: children sit upright in their chairs and without shoes place their feet on the floor. In time with the music, they raise their heels as much as possible while keeping their toes on the floor. They do it eight times, and then it’s the fingers’ turn. The heels remain on the floor and the toes in the air. The teacher gives instructions for each action. This foot dance works best when done in time with the music, then the feet are gently shaken.


Dancing on paper

How to play: To begin with, children stand up and begin to move the upper part of their bodies, spatially their arms, shoulders and heads, freely with the rhythm of music. Then, each takes a pencil and transfers the movements onto a sheet of paper placed on a table (this should be done while the child is dancing). After a couple of minutes, everyone stops drawing.


Sick Ballet Dancers

How to play: except one member, the whole ballet company has got sick. But one performance was scheduled and there is no way to cancel it. So ten children, chosen by the teacher, are appointed as replacement dancers. They immediately take the “stage” in front of the other children. As soon as the music begins, the “healthy” ballet dancer begins to dance and the new dancers must all imitate their movements. Of course, this should be done quickly and the movements should be as coordinated as possible so that the audience does not notice the substitute after a couple of minutes, the first group sits and becomes the audience, and the leader chooses a new healthy dancer and a new replacement group.


Good posture

(No) Follow the leader

How to play: in this game you do exactly the opposite of the leader. The leader stands in front of the group and calls, for example, “day” to the group, the “followers” return the call, “night”, then the leader shouts “yes” and the children answer “no” and so on. This continues for a while until the leader begins to add gestures. He may shout “up” and raise his arms in the air. Immediately, the disobedient responds by saying “down,” stretching his arms to the ground. Then it could be “sit” and all the children stand up.


Rapid exercises.

How to play: all children march around the room in line, on time with the music; they raise their knees high and swing their arms. When the leader says “Stop” all the children stand still and follow their order to bend over, jumps or stretching exercises. Then they start marching again, until the next command to stop. This game can be applied in ballet classes to change exercises by ballet steps.


Fitness race

How to play: place several markers, such as shoes, corners, among others. For each marker to perform a particular exercise. Have all children run from the starting line for the first marker, perform the exercise and run to the second marker, among others. If you wish, you can set the rules for each marker.


Stop game

How to play: is that one of the children has to shout stop and remain as statues with their legs open. To save you another child must pass bent over through your legs. In this game in a ballet class it could be added that when you are left as statues instead of keeping your feet on the ground children would have to hold on tiptoe to work the balance.


The robot

How to play: children imitate a robot, which can perform a series of movements such as raising arms, legs, lowering the torso down and touching the ground with the hands. The game’s robot runs out of battery and the body starts to fail. Children can also be instructed to change their movements faster and faster until the robot becomes blocked, breaks down and falls to the ground.



How to play: the children will start being turtles and will hide their heads and raise their shoulders. These turtles will become swans when they lower their shoulders and position their heads and back straight. They will be able to start moving their wings and imitate that they are flying.


The Story of the stars

How to play: starts with the story: there is a child who opens the window every night before going to bed and says good night to his friends the stars. One day when he goes to sleep he looks at the sky and the stars have hidden. Then with the children we begin to look for the stars in places of the body where they have to extend their arms to find them and provoke stretching. Every time we find a star we send it to the sky.

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