Monday, April 26, 2010

That's What It's All About!

Have you ever done the Hokey Pokey with kids?  What about The Chicken Dance?  Electric Slide?
Kids love these dances and adults love them as well.  Whenever I go to a fancy party ( wedding, Bar Mitzah, etc.) I am always amazed that adults jump up to do these dances led by the MC. 

When I got married a pleaded with the band NOT do any silly party dances.  I wanted a romantic and classic feel.  They did it anyway.  The funny thing is the dance floor was packed with people in fancy outfits flapping their arms like chickens. I realized that party dances (dances that already have choreography or are led by someone) give people permission to be silly, to dance with abandon.

See if you can find a moment this week to have kids and adults of all ages dance together.  Lead the dance so your dancers don't have to think, they just have to follow.  Dancing together as a community is fun as well as creates bonds between generations.  Get silly, dance with abandon no matter what your attire is for the day. 

Some fun party dances:
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Chicken Dance
  • Electric Slide
  • Cha-cha slide
  • Limbo
  • Macarena
  • Cotton Eye Joe
  • The Twist
  • YMCA
See if you students/ kids can teach you a party dance.  Maybe you can create your own!
Keep dancing with the kids in your life, flap your arms, put your elbows in and shake 'em all around because that's what its all about!


1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! I used to have mixed feelings about doing the hokey pokey, heads, shoulders, knees and toes, etc. But what I love about using them is that the kids already know them, so there's less time spent teaching steps. I really like letting the party game be the theme and then expanding it into other activities (example-do heads, shoulders, knees and toes, and then have an improv where movement is initiated from their heads, then shoulders, then knees, then toes).

    p.s. I'm with you on the fancy adults doing the chicken dance--that's why I hired an ipod for my wedding ;)