Line Dancing Teacher Resources
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5,6,7,8 Line Dance
5,6,7,8 Line Dance is a very simple, but very fast-paced line dance. It is comprised of the grapvine steps, moving forward and backwards, moving diagonally, jumping, and clapping. There is a repeating section of the dance which calls for dancers to be creative and do their own thing. Make sure to teach the basic steps and practice it before putting on the music. Watch the video and use it to teach the 5,6,7,8 Line Dance.
Create A Line Dance
Middle schoolers create their own line dance, which must have a minimum of 4 parts, each part goes to a count of 4. They may select parts from the Create a Line Dance cards to use for their dance, or they may create their own parts.
Michael Jackson's "Beat It" Dance
Learn this 32-count line dance. There are four eight-counts that repeat throughout the song. The steps include walking forward, walking backward, pivots, grapevine, and some jumps. All in all this is a simple and quick dance to learn. Practice the steps and then put Michael Jackson's "Beat It" on and tear up that dance floor! There is a video included; watch it to learn the steps yourself, or use the video to teach the class.
Stuck Like Glue 4 - Wall Line Dance
Heel, toe, heel, toe, grapevine, stomp. Put some basic dance steps together and get moving. Teach this 32-count series to your class and when they've got the steps down add some music. "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland has a great beat and is quick-paced. There is a video that teaches the steps and shows how to dance to the music. Do it all yourself or have the class watch and learn with the video.
Move It Line Dance
The upbeat song "I Like to Move It" from the movie Madagascar is just the ticket! Get your younsters up and moving. The basic steps in this dance are the grapevine, side step, squat, back step, jumps, jumping jacks, and marching in place. There is a video included; watch the video to learn the moves yourself, and then teach them to your younsters.
Crazy Frog Dance
Teach your young learners some basic line dance steps. Get them moving to increase their heart rates and to have fun. This dance consists of a few steps and there is a part that is for free-style moves. While the written description is not explicit enough about the steps, there is a video teaching the moves. Just watch the video and then use it to teach youngsters this crazy frog dance!
Students demonstrate knowledge of the processes, principles, and structure of line dance. In groups students choreograph their own line dance, implementing moves learned from previous dances taught in the line dance unit.
Line Dancing the Kindergarten Way!
Students discuss folk dancing and perform a line dance to reinforce story telling through movement. They discover and practice given dance steps and perform a dance to the theme music, 'You've Got a Friend of Me' from the movie, 'Toy Story.'
Teaching Locomotor Skills and Directions With a Circle Line Dance
Teach this circle line dance to focus on locomotor skills and directions. Which way is clockwise and which way is counter clockwise? The steps in this dance are very basic: grapevine, sliding, hopping, jumping. Put these steps together with directions: left, right, toward the center, backwards, clockwise, and counter clockwise. Now play Michael Jackson's song "Bad", and before you know it, the children are dancing!
Here's a 32-count, get-up-and-move line dance done to "A Girl Like Me" by Rihanna. Move left, move right, step kick, clap, pivot and turn. These are some of the moves in this line dance. Make adjustment according to what you learners can do. Watch the video, or use it to teach your classes this fast-paced dance. You can see in the video that some of the dancers put their own style into their performance. Encourage your learners to express themselves as well!
Rock This Party
Watch this video to learn the line dance steps that are performed to the song "Rock This Party" by Bob Sinclair. The written directions are a little confusing but after watching the video it all makes sense. This is a 32-count dance that can be done in line form, or scattered around. It includes an abundance of arm movement; one is specifically called "monkey arms!" Have fun!
Add-On Line Dancing
This dance activity is exactly what the title says it is: add-on line dancing! Each dancer creates an 8-count piece of a line dance. They can pull from anything they have learned so far. After individuals have choreographed their 8-count, they teach it to another dancer. Then the class puts all the pieces together to make an entire add-on line dance.
6.NS.6.a ~ Number lines
Begin with a talk about opposites, show an entertaining and educational homemade video called The Number Line Dance, and then have your class play a game in which they place positive and negative integers on a human number line. They will visualize that positive and negative numbers are opposites! A homework assignment is suggested. You may want to consider creating a short worksheet with the suggested exercise.
With a digital camera in hand, pupils go on a hunt for an assigned simple machine. Each group of 3 will take a photo of a simple machine found on the school grounds. They will use their photos to create Trading Cards. When all the cards are printed, learners will engage in a Line Dance as a way to share the images they collected.
Heritage: Line Dance is a Pattern!
Line dancing is the repeating of a pattern of steps, done to music. Teach youngsters how to line dance and they won't feel so awkward when they grow up. Let them experiment with creating their own patterns and teaching their classmates. Dance to music with different tempos. Have fun!
Line Dance is a Pattern!
Fifth graders apply the pattern of a line dance to different music tempos.
5, 6, 7, 8 Line Dance
Students practice counting to eight while listening to music, move to the beat of the music, and learn simple dance steps.
Spark Line Dance - 5-6-7-8
Students learn a line dance. In this line dance lesson, students practice the indicated steps to perform a line dance to the SPARK CD. (not linked) They use the add on format while performing the dance.
Triple Step Stomp
Here's a 32-count line dance to the song "Disturbia" by Rihanna. This dance introduces the triple-step. It's a quick right-left-right or a quick left-right-left step. It's not complicated. The really nice thing about this lesson is that there is a video that teaches this line dance sequence. First the instructors demonstrate the steps, then they walk the learners through some practice time, and finally do the entire dance to the music.
This line dance incorporates the grapevine, step-claps, the Twist, and the Lindy step. It's a great way to introduce the Lindy step in a line dance before teaching them to dance the Lindy with a partner. The directions are well written and explain the dance step-by-step. Suggested songs for this dance are "Lollipop" or "Rock Around the Clock".