Dance Activities for Kids

Take a Turn at Ballet

Try some ballet moves.
Try some ballet moves.
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Looking graceful and flowing with the music can be hard work, but encourage kids take a turn at ballet just the same -- the results are worth it. You'll find this can be one of the most dramatic dance activities for kids. It's a good workout, too!

What You'll Need:

  • Soft, flexible shoes or socks.
  • Music from your favorite ballet.
  • Smooth floor.
  • Mirror (optional)

Step 1: Begin by slowly stretching out your arms, torso, back, legs, ankles, and feet. Don't bounce.

Step 2: Listen to your selected music as you warm up your muscles. Imagine how you might dance to each part of the music. How would you move to soft parts? How would you move to fast, dramatic parts?

Step 3: When you're done warming up, start the music again and use your body to "interpret" what you hear.

Ready to move beyond classical? Keep reading to find out how you can groove with jazz dance.

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