Need a sub?
Subbing for a class you don’t normally teach?
We all know there will be days when we need a sub or we’ll be asked to sub. We may even find ourselves feeling under the weather, but not able to cancel or find someone to cover our classes. Ugh! Today, I’m sharing my all-time favorite album that is perfect for subbing, days when you’re not feeling 100%, or even when a full moon decides to derail your class.
Let Alphabeat save the day! Alphabeat was created by dance educator, Kate Kuper. You can find this album on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon. Even if you’re not looking for sub activities, go ahead and add this to your music library. It’s a must have!
Now let’s create our emergency lesson plan…
We will start class by working off our excited energy and getting our listening ears ready with Drumtalk. I encourage you to add scarves to this activity for tactile play.
Next, let’s welcome everyone to class with The More We Are Together. This familiar tune is perfect for singing and easy stretching together.
Now, let’s let Miss Kate guide us through a full body Gentle Warm Up. We will stretch, twist, circle, and swing from head to legs.
From here, there are several creative explorations to choose from:
Body Shape Jam- We will explore BODY SHAPES or BODY PARTS with this fun song that can be done seated or standing. I like to do both and then talk about how they felt different.
Show Your Feelings- We will explore SPEED to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. This song takes us through many feelings from mad to sad to sleepy to excited. I recommend this song for ages 4-6 as the “scared” feeling music is a bit…well..scary!
Action Dance- We will explore PLACE or ENERGY on our spot with this catchy song.
Near and Far- We will explore SIZE or RELATIONSHIPS with this fun group circle song. Near and Far guides dancers in and out of the circle as well as around the circle. Don’t forget your campfire!
Little Seed- We will explore SIZE or LEVELS with this imaginative song that guides little seeds to grow into big, high trees. Dancers start curled up small on a low level. The teacher “sprinkles” their backs with water so they can grow big and high.
Now let’s develop skills with these activities:
Locomotor Movement- Miss Kate will guide us through many locomotor movements. There is a time for reflection at the end of the song so the dancers can think about all the moves they just performed.
Travelers in a Magic Forest, Swirl and Twirl, and Swirl, Twirl, Melt, Pop Up- These songs teach dancers how to take turns in groups. Dancers have to remember what group they are in as they take turns dancing away from their spot then returning back “home”.
Imaginary Journey Let’s end class with one more student-focused creative exploration. will become one of your dancers’ most requested activities. They will adore traveling through this creative journey. The blue jello is my personal favorite! 😉
The next time you find yourself needing a lesson plan, remember Alphabeat! It will save you time, your voice (as most tracks are directive), and, most importantly, your dancers will love it. Until next time, happy exploring!
Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years of experience as a partner in a dance studio to inspire, equip, and empower educators.