JANUARY - COMBO LEVEL 1

Rising Stars 8-11yrs - Jazz/Lyrical Level 1 

DECEMBER CURRICULUM:

The order of the class is listed below.  Every element should be included in each class.  At the bottom of the page are videos demonstrating each exercise as well as links to the level steps and recital choreography.

THEME OF THE MONTH: 

Christmas Party

ORDER OF EXERCISES:​

Centre:

  1. Stretch: "Santa Claus' Party"

    • Artist/Album: Les Baxter/Merry Christmas at the Movies

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  2. Right Foot/Left Foot: "Hokey Pokey"

    • Artist/Album: Dora the Explorer: Party Favorites (TDP Cut)​

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  3. Foot Positions: "Blame it on the Boogie" (TDP Cut)

    • Song/Artist: "Blame it on the Boogie"/The Jacksons (TDP Cut)​

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  4. Jazz Arm Positions: "Let it Snow"

    • Song/Artist – “Let it Snow”/Jessica Simpson

    • Prop - White Pom Poms (two per dancer)

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  5. Steps/Techniques (Step Vines & Pivot Turns w/arms): "Jingle Bells" (TDP Cut)

    • Song/Artist: "Jingle Bells"/Brian Setzer

    • Prop: Jingle Bells (2 per dancer), Hula Hoop (1 per dancer)

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  6. Ballet Arm Positions - "Greensleeves"​ 

    • Song/Album – “Greensleeves"/Christmas Ballet Music - Traditional & Classical Piano Christmas song for Ballet

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

  7. Trampoline Jumps - Turned Out/Parallel

    • Music/Artist: Trampoline Jumps/Suzanne Knosp​

    • Instructions: Have each dancer, or different groups of dancers alternate jumping for 8cts.  Do 8cts in turned-out 1st position, and 8cts in turned-in 1st position.

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

  8. Stretch: "A Million Dreams"

    • Album: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack (TDP Cut)​

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Cue Sheet - Click Here

Across the Floor:

  1. Exercise #1 - Rock-step-together, Rock-step-cross): "Zat You Santa Claus"

    • Artist/Album – Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blue/Dr. Seuss' the Grinch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Exercise:

      • 4 Rock-Step​-togethers (arms in "T")

      • 4 Rock Step-crosses (arms in "T")

      • Repeat across the floor

  2. Exercise #2 - Rock-step-cross/passe balance: "Zat you Santa Claus"

    • Artist/Album – Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blue/Dr. Seuss' the Grinch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Exercise:

      • 3 Rock-Step​-togethers (arms in "T"), Parallel Passe (arms to 1st)

      • Repeat across the floor

  3. Exercise #3 - Passe Walks & Step Vines w/arms): "Last Christmas"

    • Arti​st/Album: Ashley Tisdale/Last Christmas (Single Version)

    • Video: See "The Dance Professionals" website

    • Exercise:

      • 4 Slow Pass Walks: 

        • Step: arms to "T" (1,2), Parallel Passe: arms to 1st (3,4)​

      • 2 Fast Step Vines w/point ending:

        • Hands on hips on vine, one arm to High "V" on touch​

      • Repeat the above across the floor

DANCE & RECITAL

Every week, add on to your recital dance, and continue to perfect it.  The goal is to have 2 dances by each recital.  Once a dance is learned, the teacher should NEVER drop that routine until there is a new dance to replace it.  This way there will always be two dances ready at all times. 

 CLASS CLOSING

The below medley is for dancers to explore movement and learn improvisation techniques.  A couple of the exercises require a prop.  For the rest, the dancers should be working to move in different ways.  If the dancers get bored, start giving them technique to work (i.e., "High-Low" levels, "Ground-work only", "Keep your feet pointed throughout this song," etc.,....ANYTHING to make them move in different ways!)

Improvisation Exercise: "Medley of Christmas" (TDP Cut)

  1.  "All I Want For Christmas": Free Dance

  2. "Run, Run, Rudolph": Free Dance

  3. "Feliz Navidad": Dance with Maracas

  4. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlement": Free Dance

  5. "Where are you Christmas": Dance with Scarves

End Reverence: Grab hands in a circle, bow to eachother, say "Thank You for Class"

DECEMBER Detailed Class Plan

PROP CHECK-LIST:

  • Hula Hoops

  • White Pom Poms

  • Hand "Jingle" Bells

  • Maracas

  • Scarves

"Rising Stars 8-9yrs"

RECITAL CHOREOGRAPHY

JAZZ & LYRICAL- LEVEL 1

"Rising Stars 8-9yrs"

CURRICULUM & STEPS

JAZZ & LYRICAL - LEVEL 1

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