What do people do during any big celebration across all cultures and time periods? DANCE! Not to mention, what's a better way to start a party?! When you are searching for birthday party entertainment for your child's special day, consider a dance theme. Dance themed birthdays aren't just for girls either! Boys like to boogie too! Check out these different ideas:
1. Royalty of Fairyland: Create an enchanted land of dancing princes and princesses in a land far away. Incorporate crowns, magic wands, swords, glitter, bubble machines, and dress-up costumes. Bring in a dance teacher to lead the kids into a magical land full of imagery, movement, dancing, and games. This theme is great for kids between the ages of 2 and 6. Click here to learn how to make fairies in a jar!
2. Kids on the Move: Hire a hip hop teacher to teach a fun, high energy class that includes hip hop moves, tumbling, dance games, and props (tunnels, parachutes, dancing ribbons, etc.) Make a playlist of the birthday girl or boy's favorite songs to play. Have the kids show off their new moves for parents at the end! This theme is great for kids between the ages of 2 and 6.
3. Hip Hop Crew: Find a great, high energy hip hop teacher to come in and teach a fun class that will have your guests thinking of your party every time they hear their song. The teacher can choreograph a customized routine to the birthday girl or boy's favorite song for a mini performance at the end. Invite parents to come for their big debut at the end, ask guests to dress in hip hop gear, take pictures of kids in dance poses, and film the show to give as a party favor! With the right teacher, your birthday party entertainment should be off the hook! This theme is great for kids ages 6 and up.
4. Lights, Camera, Action: This unique party lets your guests be the choreographers! Dancers can work in small groups to choose their own songs and then work together to create a dance to perform at the end for other groups and parents (be sure to put show time on invitation.) If you hire a dance teacher, work out the sound systems (various CD/iPod players) and music playlists to ensure each group has their own music to choose from and work with. The dance teacher should be able to help each group choreograph and work together. You could even set up a costume accessory box for kids to dress up with or offer them props to use in their dance. This theme is great for kids ages 6 and up.
The great thing about dance themed birthday party entertainment is it can be totally catered to your child and guests to ensure everything is age appropriate and fun. You can also offer your party in multiple different settings like a home, backyard, park, recreation center or community room, pool house, or dance studio. Know that the more enclosed the area, the easier it will be for the kids to focus, but obviously you also want to consider space so the kids have enough room to bust a move.
The best thing to do to find a teacher is research your local dance studios who offer birthday parties. Compare pricing, their reputations, and chat with other parents who may have some experience. If your birthday girl or boy already takes dance lessons, try asking their teacher if they would come out for you. No matter what, this teacher should be comfortable working with large groups of kids, high energy, and charismatic. Not all of your guests will be dancers so it is the teacher's job to catch their attention and make them feel comfortable enough to participate. To help with the success of your dance birthday party, have the teacher come before cake time in a space separate from any play areas/jungle gyms. The more distractions that can be cut out, the easier it is for kids to focus.
Have a great party!