- Holidays and Celebrations
How to Create a Better Halloween Environment with Teaching Tips, Decor, and Halloween Dance Choreography
The beautiful thing about dance is the unlimited amounts of stories you can tell with music and movements. This Halloween Lai Rupe's Choreography is excited to choreograph so many amazing routines to help spread the Spooky Spirit of Halloween.
Halloween Choreography Tips
Halloween Routines are fun to choreograph, because of how creative you can be. You select a regular song and simply use Halloween like costumes or movements to transform that song into a Halloween-Routine. For help picking that perfect song you can reach out to me at LaiRupe.Dance@gmail.com for advice and check out the helpful article, "HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT SONG FOR DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY."
Another great aspect of Halloween Routines are the spooky music choices and dance movements. As a choreographer, you will want to think of a halloween type character to base your routine on, like a vampire, skeleton, or Zombie. Once you select your character you will need to brainstorm movements that you think they would do. For example, Zombies probably move very stiff and clumsily, while vampires would be more rapid and graceful.
Skeleton Jazz-Hop Routine, Choreographed by Lai Rupe's Choreography for Avidity Dance Company.
Halloween Character Picture Game
Halloween Games to Play with Dancers
If you are a dance teacher, one of the best things you can do around the Holidays is have fun with your students! The Holidays give you an excuse to relax a little and have some fun with your dancers. Because of this I love to play Spooktacular Dance Games. For details about these games, you will want to check out the article, "TIPS FOR TEACHING DANCE TO TOTS."
- Character Pick. This is a really fun one for the dancers. All you do is print off Halloween Characters to either tape on the mirrors or on sticks for the dancers to choose. They all get to take turns picking a character. On the back of the characters, include a dance move they need to do. I like to be creative and specialize them to the holiday: Pumpkin Pirouette, Spider Chasse, Frankenstein Fuetes, etc.
- "Dracula Says" (just like Simon says, but mix it up. For this, I always like to dress up to make it more fun.)
- Monster Mash Freeze Dance. Kids LOVE freeze dance, so let them play it for Halloween to the Monster Mash
- Teach a Halloween, fun Combo. Even if you kids are learning a competition or performance dance, sometimes it is nice to just let them take a break from that and learn a silly, just for fun combo.
Dress Up! Get Into The Holidays with Your Teaching! The more you, as the teacher, get into anything, the more your dancers will be into it too. Dressing up is a
Dance Teacher Questions!
What Fun Ideas do You Use Around the Holiday Season to Improve Teaching and Classes?
This is a Zombie Jazz Dance Choreographed by Lai Rupe's Choreography that placed 1st in every single dance competition in 2014. (Over Five 1st Place Awards.)
You can always make your dance studio more festive with just a little Halloween Decor.
It is such a simple thing to do, but decorating your studio can make a huge difference to your students. A little change of scenery every once in a while can just add energy and encouragement for your dancers. I highly recommend this small idea to help make the holidays brighter or spookier at your dance studio!
Be a Better Dance Teacher and Get Into the Holidays!
Pick Spooky Music
Pick a Character
Find Character Costumes
Decorate Studio & Rooms
Do Spooky Moves (IE: Walk like a Zombie)
Do the Monster Mash!
Dress Up as the Teacher
This is one of Lai Rupe's Choreography's favorite routines from this Halloween Season, performed by the Non-Profit Dance Company, Avidity Dance! It's Hazmat Tim
LAI RUPE WISHES YOU A VERY SPOOKY & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.
Also, feel free to check out the article, "TIPS FOR TEACHING DANCE TO TOTS" for more ideas on how to improve your teaching and dance studio!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN READERS!
Thanks for your LOVE and Support!
~Alaina (Lai) Rupe