Today’s Ask the Exec Question offers suggestions for Valentine’s Day fun at your studio. Check it out below, and don’t forget to submit your future questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hi Dance Exec,
Have any ideas for incorporating Valentine’s Day themed activities into your studio, classes, etc.? Thanks!
Thank you for your question! I love incorporating holiday-themed activities into my studio, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. After all, how could you resist a day that is based around the colors of pink and red?! 😉 Below are some suggestions for how you can join in the fun, too!
1. Create a Themed Spirit Week: At the studio, we love to host a “Wear Pink & Red” week for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Some of the students piece together the most adorable outfits. In the past, we have also used this week as an opportunity to “spread the love” and bring a friend. Here is an example of our flyer from last year:
2. Incorporate Valentine Themed Activities & Music: Some of my favorite Valentine games/activities are:
- Tic-Tac Tendu: For younger classes, allow students’ arms to create “Xs” (across the chest) for tendu devant and “Os” (fifth position arms) for tendu a la seconde. You can incorporate the “hugs and kisses” arms in a variety of ballet exercises and combinations.
- Hugs, Kisses, Cupid: This is a fun adaptation of duck-duck-goose that can be incorporated as a special game for younger classes.
- Use Valentine-Themed Music for Valentine-Themed Routines and Combinations. Some great song options include: Put a Little Love in Your Heart, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, You’ll Be In My Heart, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Love Story, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The album Valentine’s Day Songs for Kids by The Kiboomers is an excellent option for your youngest dance classes, too.
3. Use Valentine Stories for Younger Classes: Some favorites include:
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di’Angelo and Mary O’Keefe Young
- Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
- Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro
4. Offer Extra Opportunities: Valentine’s Day is a great time to offer parents’ night out and school’s out camps (for holidays or teacher workdays). There are so many fun crafts, stories, and themes to support this time of year.
Do you have any Valentine suggestions? List them in the comments section below. Have fun spreading the love! xoxo
Chasta Hamilton Calhoun
The Dance Exec