Ideas for Dance Class

I curated a monthly series for the Library as Incubator Project called Book to Boogie, which launched in June 2013 and concluded in September 2017. Each month, a different dance educator, children's librarian, or teacher wrote a post featuring movement ideas to accompany a picture book during preschool story time. Although written with children's librarians in mind, many of the ideas in the posts can be used in dance and creative movement classes as well. You can check out the archives here

In addition, "Read It. Move It. Share It" was a three-year collaboration (from 2011 to the beginning of 2014) with popular dance educator Maria Hanley in which we explored how different picture books can be incorporated into dance and creative movement classes for young children. Each month or so I recommended a book for Maria to try out in her classes, and then we both shared our experiences with the book. I often provided an in-depth look at the book and its creation, and Maria shared movement ideas inspired by the book's text or illustrations. We had so much fun together, and I always looked forward to the creative ideas Maria came up with! You can view all of our archives below. And who knows. Maybe we will have another pop-up "Read It. Move It. Share It" collaboration soon!

January: How to Be
February: Dancing Feet!
April: Not a Box
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