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Ballet Steps for Young Children

Children naturally love music and enjoy moving to it so it’s great to encourage this natural enthusiasm by putting on music and encouraging children to dance. Young children are bubbling over with imagination and creativity so ballet for children up to age 5 is usually aimed at incorporating creative movement with some very simple ballet moves. As they get older they’ll be able to try more and more ballet moves whilst hopefully keeping some of that awesome imagination and creativity. Here are 6 simple exercises, a mixture of ballet moves and creative movement, to try with your child, at whatever level suits them:

Good Toes, Naughty Toes: Whilst sitting, stretch your legs out in front and turn your feet up. Stretch through your feet right to the end of your toes (good toes). Remember to try not to bend your knees. Keep your body pulled up too. Children love this!

Rising Star: Whilst holding onto a chair, rise up onto your toes then see if you can let go and twinkle your fingers like a star;-) This one’s great for improving balance.

Summer Flower: Start curled up in a little ball then put your fingertips together and point your arms towards the ceiling. Unfold your body to follow your arms as you grow, and grow and grow. Stretch out your arms and do a ballerina turn as you unfold your petal arms in the sunshine.

First Position:  Whilst standing, place your heels together and turn out your toes. See how long you can hold the position whilst holding on to a chair or other piece of furniture.

Fairy dance: If you have some fairy wings and a wand you could use them in your dance or you can just pretend. Show lovely little fairy steps and perhaps make some magic with your wand. Stretch your feet, right to the ends of your toes. Imagine you are wearing Twinklesteps’s shoes and they sparkle when you stretch your toes.

Princess Walk: Feet in first position, hold your skirt or put your hands on your waist.
Imagine you are a Princess with a beautiful tiara on your head. Remember to keep your body pulled up and look very proud too.

Watch this video to see Joanna helping you through some steps and exercises. She also demonstrates the demi-plié (plié means to bend and demi means half) which isn’t as hard as it sounds!

Twinklesteps from TudnoTV on Vimeo.

Check out our book ‘Twinklesteps and the Dsappearing Birdsong‘ for some ballet inspiration for your child.

Happy Dancing from The Twinklesteps Team.

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Twinklesteps Top Tips for a Fun-Filled Christmas

Can you hear the faint tinkling of bells in the distance? With only days to go until the big day we thought it was time for a few very special Twinkle Tips on having a fun-filled Christmas. Have a wonderful, magical Christmas everyone and make sure you follow tip 10 🙂

1)   Before the wrapping paper is cleared away have some fun with it. How about some juggling?

2)   See how many different flavours you can taste all day. Can you make it to 10, or 20!

Twinklesteps Tea Party

3)   Try some creative dancing to your favourite Christmas carols. Can you do a series of sautés to Ding Dong Merrily on High or dance a nautical tale to I Saw Three Ships? Make your own festive head dress using ivy, mistletoe and holly (if you’re careful – ouch!) to get you into character.

4)    Go on the hunt for your very own treasures to hang up as decorations. Here are some of Twinklesteps favourites:

Treasure decorations

5)   Leave a joke for santa. Cheer him up whilst he eats mince pies and sips his sherry before zipping off back up your chimney. How about this one:

Why was Cinderella such a poor football player? She had a pumpkin for a coach!

6)   Use your ballet shoes as a stocking – leave them out and see what goodies santa leaves behind!

Ballet shoes

7)   Try making your own tutu out of tinsel. Tie a bit around your waist and loop a few more pieces over and over it. Can you dance like the sugar plum fairy?

8)   Try some ballet crafts. We love these snowflake ballerinas (template here):

Snowflake Ballerina Craft

Snowflake Ballerina Craft

9)   Worn out? Have some fun and try our dressing up Twinklesteps game.

10)  And finally, make sure you give out plenty of cuddles 😉

twinklesteps and her cat

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from the Twinkle Team xx

Nursery Rhymes to Dance to

We’re big fans of Nursery Rhymes…each one has a story to tell, some capturing gruesome historical events in simple, innocent rhyme and others fun, beguiling and delightful. They’re a fantastic way to encourage communication, a love of music, learning & participation as well as being enormous fun to sing. Here are three nursery rhymes we particularly like since they encourage dance and movement as well as actions and singing.

Are you ready? Stand up and get ready to march along to…

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Find out about the history of The Grand Old Duke of York here.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Young children often learn this with twinkly hand movements and it’s also a great one to use your whole body to dance to. Check out this rather fun version from The Wiggles with some  ballet choreography you could copy:

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

You’d be hard pushed to resist dancing to this nursery rhyme and it’s a great one to do outside. The song has several verses with lots of scope for creative movement in the lyrics. Read the whole song here.

And just for a bit of fun, since we couldn’t find a nursery rhyme all about fairies (do tell us if you know any) we’re sharing our own very Twinklesteps song written by Stephanie Gardner:

Twinklesteps Song

When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A little girl smiling, who looks just like me.
With wings and a crown, and all dressed in pink.
She’s a fairy or princess. That’s what I think.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

She is waving her wand, with a smile on her face.
She is spreading her magic all over the place.
She winks and she whispers “the magic’s complete”.
There are two sparkling shoes on my two little feet.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

I hope you enjoyed reading this and do let us know what you think in the comments section below. Check out our shop for all your fairy ballerina accessories, perfect for creative play, and for our very first book about Twinklesteps the Fairy Ballerina.

By the Twinkle Team