The donkey kicks and monkey jumps might be challenging for younger kids, but they're movements that can be easily approximated. Unless a child has perfectionist tendencies, kids ages 3+ would enjoy this one. Brielle (she) is the main character joined by the Man in the Moon and his family.
Dayana (she) is a dancer, so little dancers will love the dancer role model. Particularly perfect for soon-to-be-big sisters.
Danny, Denny, and the Dancing Dragon is duplicate story.
Mira's Magic Mirror has complicated instructions though movements are fairly simple. Features Mira (she).
Belluna (she) and her family show some pretty tricky movements though they could be approximated successfully by younger kids. Not very technical in movement though many dance fundamentals are explored.
While there are some difficult jumps, children are unlikely to notice if they're not quite correct. This story's shorter text and male main character make it a great choice for a starting story for mixed-gender groups.
This story features two sisters and discusses dance technique. Dance moves are described with detailed instructions.
Movements are simple and meditative, but a more engaging book might be a better starter story.
The story content deals with a medical emergency and 911 visit, so avoid for children easily frightened. Movements are not technical though there are some physical challenges. Features Sadoni (she) and Jamison (he).
• Balance on Knees
• Balance on One Foot (with Movement)
• Arabesque Leg (from Hands & Feet)
• Grand Plié/Crouch (with Balance)
• Jump while Spinning
• Hop on One Foot
• Stretch Forward/Up/Sideways
• Child’s Pose
• Cat Back (Contraction)
• First Position Arms (Bubble)
• Rolling Over
• Run in Place
• Deep Breathing
• Moving with Power
• Weight Shift
• Body Part Coordination
• Fine Motor Skills (Fingers/Wrist)
Movements are simple, but text and scarier story components make this appropriate for a slightly older crowd. Features Freya (she), Fynn (he), and an aunt.
• First/Fifth Position
• Shoulder lifts
• Balancing on one Foot
• Hand Shapes such as Fists/Flat/Pointer/Curved Fingers
• Sharp and Smooth
• Emotions such as Joy, Shock, Curiosity, and Love
• Improv dance
Kids may ask for props. A great starting activity for obstacle courses. Features Merida (she), Ziggy (he), and the cat with no tail (he).
This story's longer story text makes it perfect for kids who've enjoyed previous story. Frankie doesn't have pronouns and lives with his/her aunt.
• Bridge Pose (*4-5s may need help with this movement)
• Balancing on One Leg
• Upper Body/Head/Forearm/Shoulder Isolation
• Moving with Resistance
• Small Motor Skills (Rotating, Writing, Counting, Closing into Fist, Opening Palm, etc)
• Quality of Movement (Calm/Wild, Powerful, Joyful, etc.)
• Showing Emotion (Surprise, Excitement, Fear, Interest, etc.)
• Shapes (Twisted, Wide, Tall, etc.)
• Concert of Left/Right
• Self Affirmation and Gratitude
This story is very technical and assumes dance knowledge. Andi doesn't have pronouns.
• Sous sus
• Battement en Cloche
• Piqué Turn
• Ballet Posture
• Plié/ Grand Plié
• Ballet Positions
• Rond de Jambe
• Grand Battement
• Sur le Cou-de-Pied
• Movement Quality
• Bodies are Unique