Posts Tagged ‘performing arts’

Interactive Ballet Dictionary!

May 20th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Ballet Dictionary

At this website, the American Ballet Theatre offers an interactive ballet dictionary. When you get to the site look at the list of ballet words and terms on the left side of the screen. They are in alphabetical order. Click on any one and a new page opens with a definition of the term in text along with highlighted links to more information. On most of the pages you will also see a logo or a smaller screen. Click on it to watch a film clip of someone from American Ballet Theatre performing the move!

It seems to me this would be an especially helpful tool for anyone studying ballet. For those who don’t, just understanding what the terminology means — and being able to see it demonstrated — may enhance appreciation for ballet.

History Through Song!

May 4th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Popular Songs In American History

ClickSchooling list member MaryAnna recommended this website that offers an archive of songs that were popular during different historical eras in American history. When you get to the site you can read a brief introduction that is followed by a Menu of songs from the following eras:

  • 17th Century
  • 18th Century
  • The French & Indian War
  • The Revolutionary War
  • 19th Century
  • Early 1800s to the Civil War
  • Civil War
  • Post Civil War
  • The Gold Rush & Westward Journey
  • Cowboys
  • After 1900
  • Sea Shanties & Songs of the Sea
  • More American Songs
  • Songs of Other Countries
  • and more!

Click on any one and a new page opens with the lyrics of the song, a brief history including origin, and you can listen to the music.

It’s really interesting to read through the lyrics and get a feel for what the composers were experiencing as they lived through these events and eras. The historical information about some of the songs is fascinating — and I was surpised that the origins and subjects of some songs were not what I thought them to be at all. (i.e., “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,” “Buffalo Gals,” etc.)

Note: Parents (AS ALWAYS) should read through the material to determine suitability of content. Some songs are of a political nature. A few songs (especially Sea Shanties) may contain bawdy content — although the language is so archaic that you and your children might not understand what is meant. :)

These songs provide a fascinating way to approach or introduce the study of history — and it will enhance any history curriculum.

Tap Dancing!

April 29th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Tap Dance

Do you love tap dancing? Would you like to learn how to tap dance? Want to know the history of tap or watch a video of tap dancing or just listen to the sounds of tap dancing? It’s all at today’s website.

You will also find lists of tap dancing teachers and studios throughout the wolrd, calendars of special tap dancing performance events, a “Who’s Who in Tap” reference guide, and a glossary of tap terms and notation.

Experienced tap dancers can even print out basic to complicated tap steps (in notation) in order to teach or learn more.

Not enough? Well, you can read about tap trivia and activism, subscribe to a tap online newsletter, find a list of tap dancing supply stores, find links to other Internet Dance Sites, and more.

This is a great site for those who enjoy tap dancing or want to learn more about it.


October 9th, 2004

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This website offers all kinds of information on puppetry. Read a brief history of puppets. Look backstage at a puppet show. Read poems about puppetry. And best of all, print out the free puppet play scripts and get the instructions for making the puppets you will use to perform the play! Then, invite your friends to a your puppet show! Have fun!

Sites for Kids & Teens Who Love To Dance!

September 25th, 2004

Recommended Website:
Dance Kids

This website shares information and fun activities about dance for kids 4-9. (However, there is a sister site for teens – and you can scroll to the bottom of this review for info.)

When you get to the site you will meet your hosts, two animated children named — what else? — Fred and Ginger. Click on the door to enter the site. A new page opens with an animated screen. Simply roll your cursor over the pictures to see what’s available or — EVEN BETTER — just click on any picture and a new screen opens. That screen contains a menu at the top of the page from which you can navigate the site and it offers an assortment of activities themed around dance including:

  • Games: Interactive, dance-themed games like word searches and puzzles.
  • Dancing Globe: Learn about dance customs in different countries.
  • Dance Stories: Read stories about a child’s experience in dance school.
  • Dance Gallery: Through photos and brief text examine some of the many forms and styles of dance.

There are quite a few other dance-themed activities as well — and there is even a referral service for parents looking for dance classes for their children.

You say you have a teenager who loves dance? Then do check out the sister-site called It contains information on careers in dance, how to do certain trendy dances like hip-hop, interesting quotes by famous dancers, a quiz to test your knowledge about dance and much more.

Free Juggling Lessons!

July 24th, 2004

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At this website you will find complete instructions for learning how to juggle. Step-by-step directions along with animated illustrations make learning the age-old art of juggling easy. When you get to the site read the “Basics of Three Ball Juggling” and then click on the instruction menu from Step I through III on the right of your screen. Once you have the basic “Cascade Juggling Pattern” down — have fun learning some neat juggling tricks with three and even four balls!

Bookmark this site so you can refer to it often as you practice and improve your juggling skills!