Hi Cindy - They were so much fun! Took out all my Degas repros of
ballerinas, video and cassette tapes of the ballet (I have the Eugene Ormany/Phila
Orchestra music, and the Barishnokov dance video), and several library books on
this ballet story -- really immersed the children in the theme. Many of them
had also seen a live production. They did pencil and watercolor paintings
of their favorite parts of the ballet. There was an article in SchoolArts
magazine on this topic several years ago titled "Nutcracker Narratives" that was
also inspiring - thanks to the author (I'm sorry I don't have the name right
In a message dated 5/16/2005 7:01:57 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Please describe your Nutcracker Ballet watercolors. They sound neat!
From: Smjahnle@aol.com [mailto:Smjahnle@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2005 4:50 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Dance as an Art Form - YES!
Woody - your triplet granddaughter dancers are terrific!
The 3rd graders I see for Art sang "Singing in the Rain" in their recent
choral concert. I asked them if any of them had ever seen the movie (the
original, not the "Muppet" version). None had. So I brought a rental tape in to
school and showed them Gene Kelly's famous son and dance! They were blown
away and left my classroom singing and tap-dancing! It made me think how many
wonderful dances I could show them in Art class. We already do Nutcracker
Ballet watercolors in class. SandyJ