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Name of Activity:

Monster Mash Dance

Purpose of Activity:

To help students get moving at the beginning of class .


Understanding of self-space

Suggested Grade Level:


Recommended music:

Monster Mash by Sha Na Na

Beginning dance formation:

Scattered formation in Personal Space

Description of Idea

This lesson idea includes four exercises, two of which are illustrated below (everyone is familiar with the other two - shoulder rolls and arm circles). The cues below help to see where the exercises fit in well with the music. (I used this during the month of October!).


Shoulder rolls Start of song

Jump Twist "He did the mash"

Arm Circles "The Zombees"

Alternate Lís "The Sea was rocking"

Jump Twist "They played the mash"

Arm Circles "Out from his coffin"

Jump Twist "Itís now the mash"

Alternate Lís "Now everythingís cool"

Alternate L's
Raise elbows up to straight across from each other. Bend one elbow down and the other up. Hold for 2 counts, then switch for 2 counts. Continue for as long as desired.

Jump Twists
Jump and twist from sde to side.

Submitted by Bunny Klein who teaches at Wright Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/19/2001.
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Monster Mash Dance

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Its terrible i dnt get it show us in pictures please!

Harley ludy

i'm a 4th grader nobody ever does it my school district's way i started doing the monster mash in 2nd grade and i keep doing the monster mash until 5th 5th is my last year we start squating and we rise then we move side to side with the heel toe teqnuqe my email is please email me back about this dance monster mash is the best

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