The girls are lined up to take their turns walking across the beam, an exercise which forces them to do normal ballet movements like Borree and Ballet Walk in a way that also involves balancing and going in a very straight line! :) By comparison, the actual movement seems easy!
Right: this little girl is getting some rosin to help her feet less slippery on the floor. Fun Fact: this is the same thing you put on violin strings.
(I only know that because I took violin for a couple years and failed pretty badly - love alone for something can not overcome a complete lack of talent! Which is okay. Playing music is not my thing. I can choreograph to it instead.)
The stuff spread out all over the floor in the background was Christmas presents. I let the girls pick from my prize bucket this year. I hope they enjoyed getting to CHOSE their presents! Plus it's kind of fun collecting stuff for it!
The girls will get to choose things again at the end of the year. The amount they get depends on how many stickers they've accumulated. Each sticker stands for either two (Level 1) or three (Level 2) practices during one week on different days of the week. Some of these girls have about 13 stickers already! That's a lot of practice; these girls deserve a big kudos!
And some of them practice more, but because consistency is my aim, I don't reward them for more than their two (or three) practices per week. And if they practice only once (or twice), they don't get a sticker, but they do get a high-five. There is value in doing something regularly rather than racking up ten stickers in a few weeks and barely practicing the rest of the year. Which is why I reward consistency over time rather than part-time overachievers. Ballet is more healthy as a consistent commitment. The same is true of many, many things in life.
Would you just LOOK at these adorable girls.
This is the Tiny Tots class in Princeton.
They are so cute!
These girls play the Faeries of the First Light.
They are one of the first to dance in the performance.
I like it when exercises coincide with life skills, like patience, taking your turn, standing still when needed, being kind, and paying attention when the teacher is talking. I consider these to be as important as plies in my classroom (and plies are pretty important!).
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