This week we thought it would be fun to help you out with some more ballet themed party ideas. Have you ever thought of doing a ballet themed pass the parcel? Well we’re here to help! Below are some handy forfeits you are free to use to wrap up into your parcel. Whatever kind of party you’re organising (birthday, Christmas etc), any kids who love the world of ballet will have great fun with these forfeits.
So, are you ready? Here are your forfeits, cut and paste as you like (the last 5 are Twinklesteps themed ones – find out more about her here):
Tell this ballet joke: “What is a ballet dancer’s number one priority? To always get right to the pointe!”
Do a princess walk around the circle.
Do Good toes, Naughty toes.
Tell this ballet joke: What is a pigs favourite ballet? Swine Lake!
Have a go at a pirouette.
Can you do Second Position (ask someone else to help if you don’t know it).
Tell this ballet joke: “Why did the ballet dancer cross the road? Because she had to practice on the other side!”
Have a go at an arabesque (you can do it!).
Tell this ballet joke: What do you call a dancing lamb? A baa-lerina!
Try First Position (if you don’t know it ask if anyone can help).
Can you raise your arms up like a ballerina?
Do ballerina steps over to one of your friends and tickle them!
Tell this ballet joke: “What is a ballet dancer’s favourite number? Two-two!”
Tell everyone your favourite ballet show.
Show everyone your best ballet move.
Point your toes, just like Twinklesteps.
Wave a magic wand, as if putting a spell on the Growling Goblin.
Imagine you have magic flying wristbands on like Jett and fly around the room.
Pretend to be the Growling Goblin and grumpily move around the circle.
Imagine you are Twinklesteps and practice a ballet move (don’t forget to point your toes).
So there you go. We hope you enjoyed our ballet forfeits and find them helpful. We’ve even attached them as a PDF so you can just print them out and cut them up!
Scary fun is just around the corner. That’s right, Halloween is coming…and we thought we’d share with you a couple of fun activities to do with your kids!
The first is our NEW Twinklesteps Halloween-themed colouring in sheet which has just gone up on our website in time for Halloween. With Twinklesteps dressed up in a witches hat dancing in the thick of the action, holding a pumpkin, surrounded by a ghost, spider and bat it’s just the thing to get your kids in the Halloween mood.
If your child fancies dressing up as a Halloween ballerina you could have a go at making your own Halloween tutu using orange, white and black tulle. Pick some up from your local scrapstore or fabric shop and tie around a loop of elastic for an easy costume idea for your child. They can also help you tie the tulle strips around the elastic so it’s a fun activity to do together.
Add a black leotard and tights and a black bow to your child’s ballet slippers and they’ll be dancing all the way to the Halloween party! Don’t forget to check out our blog post ‘Ballet inspired Halloween‘ for more ballet-themed ideas on dressing up this Halloween. After all, with fantastical plots, magical themes, dark characters and the other worldly feel of ballet there’s a wealth of ideas from the world of ballet to inspire you this Halloween.
Have you got ballerinas hiding in your garden? If you look carefully you’re sure to find some, you might find they even dance in the breeze! A great game to play is looking around the garden and seeing how many different flower ballerinas you and your child can find. If you have lots like these fushias, why not pick a few and play with a whole fairy ballerina family. You could watch how the flowers move in the breeze and ask your child if they can move like a fairy ballerina too: light, airy and gracefully.
These flowers might not look so much like a ballerina, but they do bare a resemblance to a tutu. Maybe your child will be inspired to put on a tutu or a swooshy skirt and dance like a flower ballerina. Imagination and inspiration brings out some very expressive dancing 🙂
If those flowers reminded you more of a pancake tutu, these ones might remind you of a Romantic tutu:
I wonder if the designers of Marie Taglioni’s beautiful Romantic tutu were inspired by nature?
Marie Taglioni wearing a ‘Romantic Tutu’
Do you think Twinklesteps skirt looks like a flower? – she is a nature lover after all and likes nothing better than practicing her ballet in the garden with the birds.
Have some fun in the garden looking for flower ballerinas and dancing using movements and dressing up inspired by nature. Don’t forget you can buy our sparkly tutus and ballet adventure book (which the image above is taken from), in our shop here.
As winter draws in and the nights get darker and darker, clouds of midwinter magic start to swirl, coaxing us out to play. There’s no surer way to sleigh ride you into a festive mood than by going to see ballets most famous winter offering: The Nutcracker.
For those not familiar with the story here’s a super brief version. It’s Christmas Eve and Clara’s Godfather Drosselmeyer brings Clara a beautiful wooden Nutcracker. She falls asleep with it in her arms and wakes up at midnight to a frightening scene. The toys have come to life and Clara’s Nutcracker is leading the soldier toys into battle against the Mouse Army. As the Nutcracker is cornered Clara throws her slipper at the Mouse King and helps defeat him. The Nutcracker turns into a handsome prince and he leads Clara through the moonlit night as snowflakes dance around them. They continue their journey to the Land of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy who has been ruling the Land until the Prince’s return. In their honour a celebration of sweets from around the world is held with dancing and festivities. It ends with the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara wakes up the next day with the Nutcracker still in her arms. Was it a dream…
Here’s an enchanting version of the Waltz of the Snowflakes by Royal Ballet with a beautifully graceful Clara:
There are some fun craft activities around to get your kids bubbling over with excitement about The Nutcracker. We like these colouring in characters from Pacific NorthWest Ballet and here’s some printable puppets too. We also have adorable Twinklesteps imagining she’s Clara for you to colour in here. If only she could imagine her bunny into a prince…
Don’t forget we have listings for performances of The Nutcracker shown on our Children’s Ballet Events page here. Let us know if you hear of any we need to add. Also, check out our shop for ballet goodies to get your ballerina’s imagination whirring.
Finally, here’s a lovely little clip from Pacific NorthWest Ballet showing young dancers auditioning for The Nutcracker. Worth a look for any budding ballet dancers out there wondering what an audition may be like:
We’d love to know what you think of The Nutcracker and which bits you like best. Let us know by commenting below 🙂