As part of our current unit of inquiry about storytelling we have been exploring using dance as a form of storytelling: how the dancers move to share the story, how the costumes help us understand, and how the music tells us about the emotion. The Kindergarten children have been especially interested in ballet and we have spent a lot of time watching Swan Lake, discussing it, acting it out, and using parts of the story, characters, and dance in our play.
Not only do many of the Kindergarten students take ballet class, but we are so fortunate to have Ms. Hiroko as an experienced ballet dancer to consult as our expert. Today, she prepared a mini ballet workshop for us to learn more about how dancers use their bodies to tell stories and how we can use our bodies and ballet to express ourselves through movement.
“Ms. Hiroko looks different today…”
Ms. Hiroko taught us about the clothing and shoes that dancers wear to protect and support their bodies and help them dance on their toes.
Can you do a pas de chat like Puss in Boots in the ballet Sleeping Beauty?
At the end of ballet class, students use their bodies to thank the teacher with a graceful bow, la révérence.
Thank you, Ms. Hiroko!