January Book Report: Winter Dance

So here in upstate New York last weekend was Snomageddon. We got 20” of snow over the weekend and for this California girl that’s like, a looooooot of white stuff. And while I still have a bit of a fascination for living in a snow globe, it does make certain things a bummer: walking, driving, actually going pretty much anywhere unless you have the right gear. But one thing I think everyone can agree on is that snow days are the BEST days for curling up with a good book.

Enter this month’s Book Report! My Mom sent me this book in a care package a few weeks back and I just used it last week with my Creative Movement students; it was a total hit!

There are tons of elements and concepts for young dancers to explore in Bauer’s book, and the illustrations by Richard Jones are lovely.

My students loved hanging upside down like bats (just stretching, don’t worry, we didn’t actually hang upside down from anything), flying like geese, giving like turtles, spinning like snowflakes, and of course, dancing like foxes.

Do you use books in your creative movement classes? I’d love to hear what your favorites are for this time of the year! Keeping dancing and stay warm friends!