Friday, December 14, 2007

Shopping Spree Theme

Shopping Spree

Shop Around- Open the show with the song Shop Around by the Miracles. Make it a larger number with several group of students dancing in the piece. Use shopping bags as props. You can even put letters on the sides of the bags to spell different words and phrases throughout the dance or at the end of the dance. For scenery make a background that resembles a storefront window. Change the contents in the window for each scene. Also decorate the stage with For Sale signs

Act I

Scene I

Antique Shop

Lamps- Dress students in leotards with layers of dangling fridge to resemble and old fashioned lamp. Go for the colors yellow and black. Use the song Dim Dim The Lights by Bill Haley & His Comets.

Clock- Construct a grandfather clock with a swinging door for young dancers to come out of. Dance to the song My Grandfather's clock. There are many versions of this song. Pick a nice version that is more upbeat and not super dreary. If you don't like the "when the old man died" lyric, choreograph the dance to one verse of this song and then switch to another piece of music. You could also choose an instrumental version of the song. Play some clock ticking and some clock bongs before the start of the dance.

Vintage Clothes- Have beginning or intermediate pointe students dance to Second Hand Rose by Barbara Streisand. Dancers can come up with their own costumes of flower print, longer dresses. At the beginning of the dance, have the dancers pull some items out of 2 trunks towards the back of the stage. Have them put items, such as, gloves, hats, shawls, and long pearls on to dance with.

Tea Set- Littlest dancers can dance to I'm A Little Teapot. Dress them cute and have them dance while using the classic arm movements to the song.

Surrey With The Fringe On Top- Dance to this song from the musical Oklahoma. Make sure the costume is a dress with fringe trim on it. You can also have the dancers dance with parasols with trim around the outer edge of the umbrella. If you don't want to label the dance surrey with the fringe on top, you can label the dance parasols.

Stamps- Dance to the song Please Mister Postman by the Carpenters.

Records- Dance to Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets and wear poodle skirts.

Furniture- Choreograph a chair dance for younger dancers to the song Musical Chairs from the Disney Princess Tea Party CD.

Christmas Decorations- Find some Christmas costumes on sale in the costume catalogs and dance to We Need A Little Christmas. There is a zillion artists who have a version of this song. Choreograph a kick line into the routine.

Patchwork Quilt- Yes, there are some choices on songs about patchwork quilts. You can do a modern/contemporary dance to Patchwork Quilt by Warren Haynes. You could also have smaller children dance to the children's music We Are A Patchwork Quilt by Two Of A Kind on the album Patchwork Planet. Other choices are Patchwork Quilt by Dr. Doug Stuart on the album The Whistling Pig Presents Songs From The Heart and On My Grandma's Patchwork Quilt by Paul Lippet & Sue Ribaudo from the album In The Same Boat.

Mirrors- Jr. High age dancers can be dressed in corset tops and bloomers and dance holding wooden hand mirrors. Use the Forrest Gump Suite.

Scene II

Toy Shop

*After each group performs, have them pose in the back to fill up the stage to look like a shop full of toys.*

Dolls- Two song choices are Waltzing Doll by Brainy Baby or Best Of Friends from the Disney movie Fox And The Hound. Dress in baby doll dresses, red circles on their cheeks, and curly pony tails with big ribbons on their heads.

Teddy Bears- Dance while holding teddy bears. Some choices of songs are Teddy Bear Picnic, Teddy Bears Big Day Out by the Wiggles, Me And My Teddy Bear from the album Teddy Bears Greatest Hits, or Bare Necessities or the Winnie The Pooh Song.

Jump Rope- Students can tap dance while jumping rope. A couple suggestions for music are Jump Rope Medley from the 101 Favorites CD and Jump Rope Queen by Judy Pancoast on the album Swimming In Jello. Costume dancers in biketards and headbands & armbands to resemble exercise wear.

Jack In The Box- Court jesters can jump out of constructed boxes to resemble jack in the boxes. This is a good them for a tumbling class. Some children's songs named Jack In The Box can be on the album Kids Dance And Play and Wiggles N' Tunes by the Wiggle Ensemble. For an older tumbling class you can use the Jack In The Box Original Mix by Man With No Name.

Barbies- Glamour barbies can dance to Barbie Girl by Aqua.

Blocks- Remember the jack in the boxes. Flip them over and turn them around to resemble building blocks with painted letters on them. Tap dance on them and around them to ABC by Michael Jackson.

Puppets- Connect long pieces of thick elastic from ankles to wrists. Tap dance to the song I Got No Strings from Pinocchio.

Scene III

"Sweet Shop"

Lollipops- Tap to the song Lollipop or On The Good Ship Lollipop

Candy- Dance to the song I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow, The Candyman by Sammy Davis Jr.

Ice Cream- Older modern students can do a modern dance to Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan

Cotton Candy- Find pastel colored costumes that have some fluff on them. Dance to Cotton Candy from Kidstuff by Melany

Candy Kisses- Check out the song Candy Kisses by Tony Bennett

Hot Chocolate- Try the song Hot Chocolate by Tom Hanks from the Polar Express soundtrack or Steam Heat from the musicals Pajama Game or Fosse.

Cake- For the tiniest dancers, maybe a mommy & me class, do a little performance to Pat-A-Cake Pat-A-Cake.

Cookies- Little tappers can dance to "C" Is For Cookie by Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

Peppermint Twist- End the scene with some more tapping to the song Peppermint Twist.

Scene IV

"Clothing Shop"

Shoes- Get a variety of colored high top sneakers and dance to Boogie Shoes by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Boots- Attach taps to bottom of cowboy boots and dance to These Boots Are Made For Walkin.

Sweater- Get matching zip up red sweatshirts to wear with black dance pants and perform a comical modern piece to Red Hooded Sweatshirt by Adam Sandler.

Dress- Dance to the song Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison or the song Devil With The Blue Dress by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.

Pants- How about the song Move Your Pants by the Sippy Cups

Swimsuits- If you don't want to use the usual Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini song, try Heat Wave or Under The Boardwalk.

Pajamas- Do a little modern dance to Pajamas by Livingston Taylor from the album Good Friends.

Purse- Hold handbags and dance to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel.

High Heels- Dye heeled character shoes and dance or tap to Red High Heels by Kellie Pickler.

Wedding Dress- Have older dancers dance short solos one at a time to Dave Edmund's I Knew The Bride.

Scene V

"Jewelry Shop"

Diamonds- Costume in silver and dance to Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

Pearls- Costume in white and do a contemporary dance to Diamonds And Pearls by Prince.

Ruby- Try dancing to Lady In Read or the children's song Red by Laura Freeman on the Color Wheel Cartwheel Album.

Sapphire- Add some funk to the scene and use the song Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65.

Emerald, Ruby & Gold- You can combine these three jewels into one longer dance by using the song from the emerald city from The Wiz Motion Picture.

Scene IV

"Book Store"

Romance Novels- Tap to The Book of Love by the Monotones

Mystery Novels- See what you can create with the song Hey Nancy Drew from the motion picture soundtrack.

How To Books- There is a jazzed up version of Can We Fix It from Bob The Builder on the My First Album CD.

Children's Books- How about dancing to the song Getting Better from the newest Cat In The Hat Movie. You could also perform a modern interpretation to selected reading from the book Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss. If you don't like that story, pick another well know children's book to dance to the words on the pages.

Autobiography- Be a little silly and move to I Wanna Talk About Me by Toby Keith or be serious with the song The Story Of My Life By Neil Diamond.

Non-Fiction- Slow down with some ballet to True by Spandau Ballet

Fiction- Some lyrical would go great with the song A Neverending Story.

Science Fiction- Perform a short burst of modern dance to the Star Wars Theme.

Comics- A contemporary piece to Superman (It's Not Easy) by Five For Fighting would be great.

1 comment:

  1. For young children's dance recital music with or without a teddy bear theme, go to & purchase the CD
    "Teddy Bear Party". It's fun , upbeat music that all has a movement & participation booklet included with it.