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I still remember when the first Kidz Bop album came out on cassette tape. The album featured clean, kid-friendly versions of everything from blink-182 to Ricky Martin. There are so many alternative or pop punk songs I know now because I first heard it on Kidz Bop. I loved these albums as a kid, especially growing up in a household where we didn't listen to the radio, but as I got older I began to question why these albums were still so popular. With clean/radio edit versions of singles being released on iTunes, Spotify, and Youtube, I wondered what the need for Kidz Bop was anymore. Popular songs have become much less kid-friendly, too (if you need a good laugh, I suggest the Kidz Bop covers of "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and "Closer" by the Chainsmokers). Since becoming an elementary school dance teacher, however, I have gained an appreciation for Kidz Bop. Not only does Kidz Bop clean up songs for the radio, they take out anything that the most conservative parent would oppose. Although I listen and laugh, as a dance teacher I appreciate having this resource for my classroom.
With that being said, I have complied a list of kid-friendly pop music that you don't need a Kidz Bop cover for. As kids get older and gain more access to the Internet, Kidz Bop may seem too "babyish" for them, and it's good to have a Plan B if it's not working out. Here are some modern(ish) pop songs to play in your dance classes...
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9/18 Follow my new Instagram just for my dance things!
12/23 I was one of NDEO's Guest Bloggers this year! Read "Teaching is a Vocation. Not a Fallback" on their Behind the Curtain Blog!
9/27 I will be presenting my research at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference next week! See my research project by clicking the button below!
4/15 While working on PMA's production of The Addams Family, I got to combine my two favorite styles of dance (ballet and musical theatre) for "The Moon and Me"! Watch my talented students dance by clicking the button below!
2/20 I am choreographing PMA Theatre Guild's Production of The Addams Family! Come see these amazing high school students perform at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen, MA April 13 & 14! Tickets available at the door.
2/20 I am stage managing BSU's Dance Kaleidoscope this year! Show dates are March 29-31 at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Come see this student choreography showcase!
11/5 I will once again be dancing in a BSUDC concert! Tickets to WinterDance are now available!
8/24 NDEO's National Honor Society for Dance Arts has published one of my articles in their newsletter! Read an updated version of "Audition Advice" here:
5/16 Interested in learning about movement concepts? Visit Becca's new Educational Dance website!
5/8 BSU Dance Company's Dance Kaleidoscope 2017 is now on Youtube! You can watch my performances by visiting the VIDEOS page!
4/23 I recently performed for the residents of Allerton House in Hingham, MA! You can watch part of my performance here!
Amesbury Children's Theatre presents...James and the Giant Peach Jr, featuring choreography by me! Click for tickets!
2/8 My piece "Barefoot" is now available to watch online! Click to watch!
2/5 Happy to say I have been cast in BSU Dance Company's Spring concert Dance Kaleidoscope! I will be dancing in 3 faculty choreographed pieces, including excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty in which I will be dancing the role of Lilac Fairy! Show dates are March 31-April 1 at Bridgewater State University.
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1/15 Ballet with Becca is now on Facebook! Click to visit the page, and be sure to like it while you're there!
1/14 I am happy to say I will be attending artEmotion's summer intensive in June! I will be dancing in the one week artEmotion Adult Program. If anyone would like to join or audition for any other artEmotion program, visit their website!