When it comes to gaining your young dancers’ attention it’s important to make the learning experience as fun and simple as possible. One way to do this is to incorporate coloring pages into your lessons.
Benefits of Coloring and Coloring Pages
- Improves eye-hand coordination
- Builds basic motor skills
- Encourages creativity
- Improves concentration
- Themed coloring pages help reinforce concepts
How to Use Coloring Pages in the Dance Studio
- Reward system – Pull out the coloring pages and crayons if you’ve had a good class. Be sure to inform your class that they won’t receive their coloring page if the class as a whole misbehaves.This helps maintain a positive environment throughout your lesson.
- Notification system – Have the kids color one side of the pages and on the back write down any notes you want the parents to know: important dates, praise etc
- Reinforcement – This works well if the coloring pages covers a particular concept such as an arabesque. Have each student demonstrate and say the concept and pass out the coloring pages.
Where to Get Coloring Pages
You can type in “dance coloring pages” into a search engine and get a lot of results but here is a list of coloring pages and books I have used in the past:
Dance Studio Owner.com has a wonderful selection of dance coloring pages available to their members. If you aren’t a member yet be sure to check them out! They have a free content section which includes two coloring pages to get you started:
Coloring Books on Amazon:
Check out our Pinterest board!
Follow Dancin Darling's board Coloring Pages for Young Dancers on Pinterest. Remember young kids look up to you as a friend so take the time to sit down and color with them. This act reminds them that you do care about them, strengthening your bond and improving their responsiveness in the future.
Do you have a favorite place to get coloring pages? Let me know in the comments below!