View Lesson Idea Video        
email this idea to a friend Export to pdf Export to doc

Name of Activity:

Hey Baby

Purpose of Activity:

Students will learn an upbeat and easy to follow dance that will increase their heat rates.
Students will be able to follow eight count sequences cued with: shake, clap, jump, grapevine, jumping jacks and march for a total of 32 counts.


Grapevine, slide, march

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Two scarves per student

Recommended music:

Hey Baby on Crazy Frogs CD #2, (green cover - check iTunes store) or use any song with a good, steady, easy to follow beat.

Beginning dance formation:


Dance source:

Adapted from a dance created by Greg Montgomery, NJ and Susan Flynn, SC.

Description of Idea

The Hey Baby Line Dance can be done with many grade levels but works best with 3rd-5th graders.

Students are in lines or in self-space. Each student has one scarf in each hand, but is not necessary. For the younger children it is recommended they do not use scarves. They may simply shake their hands on the scarf counts.

Stand with legs shoulder width apart facing the teacher.

Cts 1-8 Counts 1-4 shake hands up to right 2x then left 2x; counts 5-8 shake hands down by knees to right 2x then left 2x

Cts 9-10 Clap 2x (it's a light clap because students are holding scarves but it works).

Cts 11-12 (2 cts) Jump forward 1x & say ooh, pause on count 12

Cts 13-14 (2 cts) Jump backward 1x & say aah, pause on count 14

Cts 15-16 Clap 2x

17-20 Right grapevine (step R to R side, cross L foot behind R, step R to R side, touch L toe next to R foot)

21-24 Left grapevine (step L foot to L side, cross R foot behind L, step L to L side, touch R toe next to L foot)

25-28 2 criss cross jumps (jump crossing feet, jump landing with feet apart, jump crossing feet, jump landing with feet apart.) Arms are crossing overhead or students can perform 4 vertical jumps.

29-32 March in place

Repeat throughout the song


1. During the grapevine steps, cts 17-24, ask students to try a 4 ct. turn in each direction.
2. For younger students, sliding 4 cts. each direction instead of the grapevine works well.
3. During the march, have students’ count 1-4 in different languages. I use Spanish, German, or Japanese. (This would be teacher directed so everyone calls out the same numbers.)
4. During the march students can turn and face a different wall and perform the dance facing a new direction.

Assessment Ideas:

1. Ask students to create a different move they can perform during counts 25-28. Instead of the criss cross jumps students can perform a different dance step. (i.e 4 cts of bleking; jump around in a circle for 4 cts; heel jacks for 4 cts etc.) Students can share their dance step ideas with a classmate and during the dance try the new dance moves.
2. Ask students to feel their pulse both before and after the dance. They can be asked to share one benefit that dance has on the cardio-respiratory system.

Teaching Suggestions:

Students who have difficulty following the steps are encouraged to jump, slide and march during the more difficult steps in the dance.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities

Providing scarves helps to engage students with limited mobility.


| More

Hey Baby

Post a Comment:

Let others know how this idea went when you implemented/tried it with your kids. Include any variations, suggested teaching tips, positive comments, etc. so others can benefit from your tips. Please be helpful and positive with all comments. Look below to see all posted comments.



Previous Comments:

Coach C

Great warm up exercise for the class. Please add more dances that are fun for kids to do. I love using them in my lessons.

Jeanie Elder

In the video the jumping jacks come before the grapevine but the written instructions have them after. An easy fix though. Love the video! It's so helpful!

kathy thompson

So helpful to have the video. Nice dance. Thanks for sharing it

Diane Stanton

Great visual! Thanks for sharing! It was great to see so many students visible in the video with differing abilities, too!

Deanna Mason

LOVE IT! Easy to teach and learn and even the 2nd and 3rd greaders were able to ones do it! Video was so helpful too!

Laura Z.

My kids love this dance!
We need more instructional dance videos like this! Very helpful to SEE it.

Todd Fronce

Thanks ! - we teach a dance unit and always looking for one or two new routines and songs each year


My kids loved it! Easy to teach and just plain fun!

Karen Grantham

The video is a great help. Thanks so much.


the video was so helpful.Thanks
Well done

Kourtney Thompson

I have been looking everywhere for a site like this....I teach dance ages 3-12 at our city's rec center and I would just like to say a HUGE thank you for this. It is perfect, awesome, and just soooo much fun!!!!!

Mary Tillett

This is a great dance. We taught it to our third grade students and plan on using it as a warm up. The second grade is a little challenging, but we have them practice it with a partner and we give them a card with the steps written on it. Then they perform it with their partner without the music. After a few p.e classes we add the music. I am pleasantly surprised at how well they learn and perform the dance. The kids love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tom Watkins

Looks like fun! should be simple to learn and teach, thanks!


Thank you so much for posting this creative dance! i love, love, love the video. please post more videos.

Search for lesson ideas