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Dancing Games
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

You can play these at parties!


Girl Dancing1. Follow the Leader

Put on music. One person is the leader, and everyone else must do what that person does: kick, jump, twirl around, and so on. When the song is over, the leader chooses someone else to be leader.

2. Follow the Beat

One person is the "musician" and plays an instrument, any instrument. A rhythm instrument, such as a drum or rhythm sticks, will do. Everyone else must dance to the beat the musician sets. If the musician plays fast, the others dance fast; if the musician plays slowly, the others dance slowly.

3. Freeze

One person ("it") works the CD player, iPod or radio. The others dance. When the person working the music turns the sound down, everyone must stop dancing and freeze. The first person who moves is the next one to be "it."

4. Multiplication

One couple starts dancing. When the music stops, this couple separates and splits up. Each asks a new partner to dance. Now there are four persons dancing. When the music stops, these four ask four more people to dance. Continue until everyone in the room is dancing. This is a good game for getting shy people to dance.

5. Dance Contest

Have a series of contests to see who is best at different kinds of dances. Who can dance longest? Who can dance the fastest? Who can dance the slowest? Who can dance the silliest? Who can dance the best?

6. Imitation

Put on one of your favorite songs and imitate the singers who are singing and playing the music. Dance the way they dance and move your mouth as if you were singing.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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