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Teacher: Mary Cluley who teaches at mary cluley in Wichita Falls, TX.

Name of Best Practice: Gettin' Down with "The Git Up" Dance!

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The purpose of the dance is to allow students an opportunity to show off their dancing skills while learning how to perform in front of others! Meets the following SHAPE America Standards:
Standard 1. The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns
Standard 4. The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5. The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2

Materials Needed:
"The Git Up" song.
Bandanas that the children could put around their head or neck.
Western wear for the performance!
Video is below.

Gettin' Down with "The Git Up" Dance!

"The Git Up Dance" is a great song for kids to dance too! This summer, when I first heard it I knew I would have to make up dance moves and have our little ones do it!

Steps:

Introduction - clap above your head and alternate kicking your feet out.

Chorus:
Gon' do the 2 step - act like you are on a galloping horse
Grab your sweetheart - spin your partner around
Hoedown - push arms up and down and march real big
Take it to the left - slide left and then 1 jumping jack
Take it to the right and dip - slide right then 1 jumping jack
Throw down and lean back = lean backwards and roll arms up high with attitude

To the left - slide left with arms in air
To the right - slide rt. with arms in air
Follow the rest of the directions for this part of the song

Chorus

Slide left then right - do that
butterfly - turn body around with big arms up and down like a butterfly
Take it to the floor - get in pushup position

Chorus but do 6 pushups to the cadence of "down and 1" "down and 2" then the students stand up after 6 pushups and when it says, "Take it down and up," have the students twist down then twist up with big arms!

Then, chorus, but instead of chorus, I tell the students, "Go crazy with any crazy moves!" No one is on the floor though. I end the song at 2:35. So fun!

Video

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

For the swing your partner around, practice with partners hands meeting in the middle up high when they are side by side and let them figure out who will be the person who swings the other. Do that in advance, and have them practice that.

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