Whether you’re teaching virtually or back in the studio, add a new teaching tool to your repertoire with these dance education card decks, with options appropriate for creative movers, college students and everyone in between.
Educator Alexandra Langstaff has paired bright graphics on each card front with movement explorations on the back. Each card offers a teaching prompt and several ways to invite your students to move, improvise, vary ideas and expand into further activities.
From Dance Ed Tips, this deck features action words and descriptors (e.g., verbs and adverbs). With your group, select six words to make a warm-up together (bend-lift-carry-hold-jump-melt). Students love the novelty of cards and also the visual aid as they learn the phrase.
Also from Dance Ed Tips, this deck can serve as a choreographic project with your ballet students. Each card has a term (such as attitude, fondu or à la seconde); give each group several cards to build a short dance and inspire creative exploration of ballet terms from a young age.
Whether you go through the entire deck from 1 to 52 or randomly select a card, the whimsy of these cards will get students in choreography classes to consider transitions, pathways, intention and editing.