Dance & Movement
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane
- "Herky Jerky"
It's time for the Harvest Moon Dance and Herky doesn't know how to dance. After an encounter with some lightning bugs, Herky shows his dancing talent and the "Herky Jerky."
- "D.W., Dancing Queen"
Binky decides to teach D.W. to dance, but she just doesn't seem to get the moves. Is D.W. a no-talent klutz? Or is it Binky's teaching that needs practice?
Do in Class
- Africa for Kids: Make a Mask - Make a Dogon ceremonial dance mask.
- Arthur: Be a Cat, Be a Tree - Explore creative movement in exercises based on yoga. Pretend you are a cat or a tree as you stretch, bend and twist your body.
- Arthur: Let's Dance! - Dance freely to different types of music and then learn simple dances from different eras and cultures.
- Arthur: World Rhythms - Explore cultural traditions through music and movement. Listen to music from around the world, and differentiate between high and low sounds, fast and slow tempos and soft and loud volumes.
- Boohbah: Warm Up and Dance - Move along with the Boohbahs as they do their warm up or "dance."
- Dragon Tales: The Balancing Act: Body Movement and Balance - Practice balancing skills by having your child copy you in simple balancing acts.
- Dragon Tales: The Sorrow and the Party: Moods and Music - Listen to music that evokes happy and sad feelings, and make up corresponding happy and sad movements to dance along.
- Mister Roger's Neighborhood: Shadow Dancing - Discover how shadows are made, differentiate between shadows and real things or persons and express feelings with shadow dancing.
- Postcards from Buster: Bow to your Partner - Discover how to square dance. Describe something that has been passed down from older relatives and friends.
- Teletubbies: Dancing and Singing Games - Join hands to sing and dance to a lively song or play a circle game.
- Teletubbies: Boom Boom Dance - Learn how to do the Boom Boom Dance.
- Who's Dancin' Now?: Telling Stories Through Dance - Explore movements and techniques for balancing, replicating demonstrated movements, and retelling a story.
- Boohbah: Boohbah Dance - Use sliders to create your own rhythm for the Boohbahs' dance.
- Boohbah: Look What I Can Do! - Create your own character, choreograph a dance sequence and send it to a friend.
- Creativity: Uneven Bars - Create a virtual gymnastics routine on the uneven bars, and discuss the difficulty of the individual skills and the overall presentation of the routine. Examine how a gymnast uses body, mind and skills in the pursuit of an uneven bar routine.
- It's a Big Big World: Snook's House - Learn to do different dances by copying dance moves online.
- Sagwa: Lion Dances - Put puzzle pieces together to make the lions dance.
- Sesame Street: Global Grover - Observe various cultural dances and clothing from around the world with Sesame Street's Grover.
- Toe Tappin' Book & Tappin' Things
By Lilly Barnes and San Murata
Published May 1999 by Somerville House Books, Limited
You may have missed National Tap Dance Day on May 25, but you can be ready next time around with this fun primer on all things tap. Focused for dancers age 5-9, the book offers imaginative activity suggestions and comes with a pair of "toe-tappin' things" that slip over ordinary footwear to create tap shoes!
- Ten Go Tango
By Arthur Dorros and Emily Arnold McCully
Published April 2000 by HarperCollins Children's Books
As the band plays, one to ten animals couples dance: ballet, two-step, cha-cha, foxtrot, tap, jitterbug, cancan, waltz, rumba, and tango. Told in verse, this book is for young counters 4-8.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.