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Your daughter loves to twirl in her tutu, and your son certainly makes enough noise stomping his feet during a tempter tantrum, but if they are too young to enjoy a full length ballet or hip hop show, we've got just the ticket: You Tube links. We've culled through hours of dance performances to come up with a collection of great dance experiences that your family can watch online -- most are less than three minutes long. There's something for everyone, from traditional ballet to an LA street dance called Krumping, from tap to a jazzy number from So You Think You Can Dance (the smash hit reality TV show). Admittedly, sitting behind a computer can't be compared to a live performance, but while paging through the clips, one of our kids was drawn to the gospel music that accompanies Revelations, Alvin Ailey's iconic masterpiece, and another flipped for the hip hop head spins. We all found something that moved us, and it was hard to beat the ticket price!
Dance Performances with the kids used to make us nervous -- particularly with young boys who couldn't tell a toe shoe from a tap shoe -- but this year, we decided to think beyond the Nutcracker, and expose the kids to at least one new style of dance. Now is a good time to scan the calendar section and order tickets for the upcoming season. After checking out the You Tube links, we realized that music made a difference, so chose a performance set to songs the kids would recognize. We took in a Joffrey ballet set to a Beach Boy's score (created by legendary Twyla Tharp), and score we did. Our kids loved the ballerinas' sassy interpretations of LA culture, all the while humming along to "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Deuce Coupe." Our kids gave the evening a two thumbs up, so we're planning on pushing the envelope a bit farther this winter and booking tickets for Pilobolus, the East Coast dance troupe that wowed America at the Oscars last year. With their verve and athleticism, this is dance even the most tutu-phobic can relate to!
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Our tips for talking with the kids about this film:
Dance Performances With The Kids
Ages: Whenever your kids can sit quietly
Time Allotment: Usually, two hours plus intermission
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