Today I’m sharing Kate Kuper’s Songs for Dancing. This CD/DVD set is full of many perfect songs for your early childhood classes!
The Welcome Song-
Resting- If you include resting in your classes, this is a wonderful song to add to your playlist. It’s beautiful piano music with Kate’s voice cueing the dancers through a relaxation and breathing exercise. It is 4 minutes in length, but there are plenty of instrumental sections where you could fade the song out early if needed. BONUS: This song can be used in older classes too!
Walking Song- explore the concept of PLACE with this tune that offers various movement options.
Shape Song- explore BODY SHAPES with Kate’s cues.
Here We Go ‘Round and Round- explore BODY PARTS to this familiar tune. I recommend doing this song in a circle with the campfire in the middle. During “Here We Go ‘Round and Round” side slide around the circle.
Trip to the Zoo- explore SPEED with different animals at the zoo.
Popcorn and Melted Butter- explore ENERGY with this lively song.
The Stick Together Game- explore BODY PARTS in this fun game. This song is also fantastic for introducing partner work and problem solving.
Everybody Do This- This is a fun song to help dancers work on their memory skills.
There are clear music changes for different movements to help the dancers match the action with the music. Includes cues from Kate.
Right and Left Hands- Help little ones learn their right and left sides with Kate’s cues.
Galloping Song- Gallop freely around the room. Walk back to tape mark slowly and lay down. Wake up and gallop once again.
Skipping Song- Kate cues dancers through the mechanics of a skip. I recommend this for dancers ages 4 and 5.
Don’t miss these fun songs!
Do Your Own Dance- A fantastic song that includes structured and free improvisation cues!
Little Birdies- This song is great for encouraging dramatic play. Dancers pretend they are the little birdies and the teacher is the grown-up bird. Don’t forget to use scarves as wings!
You receive a booklet with tips and suggestions from Kate as well as a DVD with videos of these activities!
Many songs also come as instrumentals.
Buy it here!