How to Make a Puppet Dance: Mastering the Art of Puppet Theater

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Learn how to make a puppet dance and techniques used by puppeteers in this free online instructional video on how to master the art of puppet theater.

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Hello again! This is Paul Louis from Puppets n’ Stuff puppets. You can find us on the worldwide web at www.puppetsnstuff.com. We are going to continue now with our puppeteer techniques, and we are going to demonstrate a little bit of dancing that we can do with our puppet character. Now this is where you want to get these arm rods. Okay? Now, a fun little dance that I would like to do is, I like to take my puppet and bring him a little bit to the left, but at the same time I am doing that, I am bringing the arms to the right. Also, I am trying to keep his head straight; even though the character’s body is moving, trying to keep his head straight. In other words, I am not doing this; I am doing more this type of movement. We are also going to add our little bounce. We are also going to maybe add a little bit of body language or expression in his face, and that is giving him a little type of happy dance; I call it the happy dance. We could also sometimes do something fun with his head, kind of like a little Janet Jackson type of move. Lot of fun neat things you can do with the puppet as far as dancing, so practice it. You’ll get a kick out of what you can accomplish.

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