Alligator Tendus

Working on Tendus? Here’s an idea that came to me as I was explaining tendus to my 4-5-6 year olds. We were working on counting, so we would slide our foot out for three counts 1……2…….3……. and then on the count 4 we would pull it back quick to close. On 4! I would say that alligators were going to get their toe if they didn’t close it fast enough. Gotta be quick! It was a hit!

I put my arms straight out and clap real loud on 4 like an alligator. I love that it teaches them to count, to move slow and then quick. It’s just something silly that popped into my head and it turned out to be successful. Now, when ever I teach tendus I will turn to the alligators for help!

Alligator Tendus, who would of thought? ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have a creative way to teach tendus? I would love to hear!

p.s. Find another way here.


  1. I will definitely try this…great idea! I use the imagery of being in the sand…drawing a line and then erasing it.

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      I have done the sand one too, but for some reason I was bored with it and it wasn’t doing much for me anymore. This came to me on the spot. It’s super silly, but they love it! Now we can’t do tendus without the alligator visiting. ha!

  2. I have also had great luck with our tendu “noodles” “sneaking” out of our bowl and us sluuuurping them back into first position. Everyone seems to love making the slurping sound and the connection seems to work well with the movement.

  3. Jack Grunsky has a great song “Alligator Stomp” – add a little Cajan music to your ballet class! It’s great.

  4. After reading this post, I tried Alligator tendus with my 6 year old class and they loved it! The ” fun fear factor” made practising the step more interesting for them. Thanks so much for the idea!

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      Hi Colleen, Thanks for stopping by and for your comment! I’m so glad they loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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