Children themes for their contemporary dance.

by Alice
(United Kingdom)

Hi, I am a dance teacher and would like to know some themes to give the children to work on for their contemporary dance pieces. If you have any ideas they would be much appreciated.

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Jan 03, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Hi Alice,

I think a good option is to first ask your kids about things they like, or love. Depending on their age, they might give you starting points like 'vacations', 'pets', 'family', 'friends', 'computers', 'motorcycles', 'ice cream', etc.

Think of the possibilities associated to those things. For example:

-Vacations: outdoor activities, free time, games, traveling, nature. Nature is a great subject to work with kids (clouds, rivers, trees, the sea, waves, different types of plants, rocks...)

-Pets: thinking about domestic animals can be an excuse to make them think about free animals too. This is a huge subject, full of funny possibilities and easy for children.

-Family: Mom, Dad, Grandma, family meetings and friends, people, different types of people...

-Computers: internet, surfing on the web, games, chatting...

-Motorcycles: you can tell them to think about the different transportation means like trains, cars, bicycles, airplanes, buses, subways...

-Ice cream: this one can lead you to imagine things about food, which could open big new topics like fruits, grains, dishes...

When working with kids, I've always experienced that letting them give their ideas and make decisions works great. Any of the subjects they propose can be used to create a dance, as long as they find a way to translate it into movement.

Once they have decided what to work on, start together to propose movements (or stories that will be represented with movement) about that subject and there you will be on your way to compose their choreography.

I hope this helps.

Let us know how it gets on!


May 10, 2011
by: Anonymous

Maybe you could ask them or maybe jipsees or princesses or some thing like that...

Aug 10, 2013
great ideas Maria
by: Anonymous

Maria you are a superstar! thank you so much!

Jun 12, 2015
by: Anonymous

Dance is good for all children.

Aug 05, 2019
by: Anonymous

A really awesome activity I did in my dance class a couple years ago was our teacher had us spit into groups and then gave us a natural disaster and we would choreograph it in our group with no music and then we would go around to where we practiced the dance and preformed it for the class.

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