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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.

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