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Name of Activity:

Better When I'm Dancin' Dance

Purpose of Activity:

To warm up students for more exercise or use as part of dance lesson.

Prerequisites:

It would be helpful if students know right and left! The term "salsa" is also used.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:



Better When I'm Dancin' Mustic (by Meghan Trainor on The Peanuts Movie soundtrack)
Print out of dance steps (PDF)

Description of Idea

Double step-touch RL, four hamstring curls with biceps up and down arms…..2x

Stomp R foot forward, make a big circle with arms overhead, palm to audience, step together, 2 V-steps R….. 2x

FREESTYLE during “better when I’m dancing”

During “we can do this together”:
Stomp R foot and clap 4x, Stomp L foot and clap 4x, walk backward and slap legs/clap 4x

During “da da da da da”:
Pump arms and chest to side 4x, salsa forward RL, turn in circle 4 counts, roll arms

START OVER

Double step-touch RL, four hamstring curls with biceps up and down arms…..2x

Stomp R foot forward, make a big circle with arms overhead, palm to audience, step together, 2 V-steps R….. 2x

FREESTYLE during “better when I’m dancing”

During “we can do this together”:
Stomp R foot and clap 4x, Stomp L foot and clap 4x, walk backward and slap legs/clap 4x

During “da da da da da”:
Pump arms and chest to side 4x, salsa forward RL, turn in circle 4 counts, roll arms…

REPEAT other side

TWIST down and UP, 2 squats; TWIST down and UP, 2 squats

FREESTYLE during “better when I’m dancing”

During “we can do this together”:
Stomp R foot and clap 4x, Stomp L foot and clap 4x, walk backward and slap legs/clap 4x

During “da da da da da”:
Pump arms and chest to side 4x, salsa forward RL, turn in circle 4 counts, roll arms…REPEAT other side

Salsa RLRLRLRL


Video (takes you to youtube.com)

Assessment Ideas:

This would be a great dance for students to show parents, friends, administrators, etc. at a PE showcase or open house. Teachers could also video the kids to see if they grasped the sequences and show it again in class for a warm-up.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Most movements can be done with arms only and traveling with wheelchair for students who are not ambulatory.

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Submitted by Sandy Kimbrough in Greenville, TX. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 7/8/2016.

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