Today’s post features Maria Hanley, an independent early childhood educator in New York City who also happens to author the most fantastic blog, Maria’s Movers. The blog focuses on  “dance, movement, and yoga for growing imaginations.”

On Maria’s blog, you can find the following categories:

Teaching Tools



Creative Movement


Picture Books

One of Maria’s most applaudable posts is My 5 Favorite Creative Dances. This article features a list of wonderful creative dance games to feature in your classes, including: Fruit Tree Dance5 Itsy Bitsy Spider DancesUmbrella ShapesPlayground Dance, and The Snowy Day Dance. Explore the dance descriptions, and try them out in your classes!

And, since today is Valentine’s Day, I could not resist including two of her wonderful, Valentine-related posts:

1. 20 Words to Encourage Young Dancers

2. Xs and Os: 3 Ideas for Incorporating XOXO Into Class

If you work with young dancers, this is a must-have blog to bookmark. Maria shares so much wonderful insight and inspiration! You can also follow Maria’s Movers on Facebook and Twitter.

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