Ballet Vocabulary Games
I don’t know about you, but some of my tween students have a big disconnect when it comes to ballet vocabulary. They often say things like, “that turn thingy.” Argh! It’s one of my biggest pet-peeves as a teacher. I can’t believe they’ve taking ballet for so many years and still trip over a simple term like a tour. I’m even more shocked when I write the term on the board and they still have know ideas what it says. How do I battle this habit? With games of course!
Believe me, I don’t want my students to get in the habit of playing games in class. So, I typically plan a vocabulary game on the last class of each month. The results are amazing! My classes have really responded to these games. I can see how in powered they become when they know the answers. Even better, some of them have even corrected me!
Below is a list of games and directions I play in my classes. Check them out and share your ideas too! If you play them in class, share your photos on Instagram… hash tag #balletvocabgame
Materials: As set of index cards with ballet terms and a matching set of index cards with the translation.
- Place one set of index cards in a circle on the floor.
- Pass out the other set to the students.
- Have the students find their match.
- Pick up the correct matches.
- Discuss with the group and have them work together to correct the mismatched terms.
Identify the Step
Materials: Post-it notes with ballet terms written on them
- Place a post-it with a ballet term on each students back
- Have the students walk around reading each others terms and performing the step to one another.
- The Post-it wearers must correctly name the step that is on their back.
Ballet Chance Dance
Materials: Several small pieces of paper with terms written on them and folded.
- Split students into a groups of 2 or 3.
- Have them randomly select a few of the folded terms.
- Unfold papers and make and memorize a short combination of the steps they selected.
- After 5 minutes or so have them gather to the front of the room.
- Then have each group perform their combination.
- At the end of the combination have the viewing students name the steps that were in the combination.