Kids learn how to dance

YouTube dances for kids: fun indoor moving and grooving to get the wiggles out


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We just got another boatload of snow, so on Sunday morning, when we were snowed in and couldn’t even get out of our house to make it to mass, we got our dance on.

Because why not?

Turns out that Cora and Owen’s awesome teachers for the past few years had often put on short little YouTube dances for them when they need to get the wiggles out.

We found most of Cora and Owen’s faves, and we found some more.

Not only does moving mid-day help increase concentration and focus (for everyone–not just kids!), but learning and practicing these dances will mean that our kids will be rockstars on the dance floor when it comes time for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Quinceaneras in the next few years.

Win, win, win.

Here’s the skinny. . .

Here are our faves:

The Sid Shuffle:

Shake Your Sillies Out:

The Skeleton Dance (and more):

Ridiculously Fun Dance For Kids:

Dino Stomp:

Dancercise for Kids:

Easy Kids Choreography- Hip Hop:

Mario Dance:

I’m a Gummy Bear:

Awesome Rainbows:

The Wobble:


Zumba Kids — I like to move it:

Jump Up:

30+ minutes of Kidz Bop dances:

Go Bananas:

Baby Shark Dance Version:

Freeze Dance Party Game:

How to do the Floss:

And for when your kids are really up for a challenge. . .

Ariana Grande – 7 Rings (Dance Video)

Hip Hop Dance Choreography:

Hip Hop Dance to Justin Timberlake song:

HOW fun are these? Hope your crew enjoys them as much as we did.

Or subscribe to the whole Dance Party Playlist for all of them:

Talk about some serious fun–and listening and moving and dancing–right in your own living room.

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originally published: February 22, 2015 

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9 awesome fad dances to teach your kids

Every few years, a song comes out that has its own dance moves. Here are 10—old and new—to teach your kids.

1. The Macarena
This Spanish 1990s dance song was once ranked the greatest one-hit wonder of all time. Your kids might even already know it, especially since it was performed by Miss Piggy in the 2014 movie Muppets Most Wanted. Even if it’s new to them (or you), you can all probably master the dance in under 20 minutes.

2. Cha Cha Slide
“Everybody clap your hands!” for this song and dance by Mr. C. This one requires no memorization—or much coordination, for that matter. Just put the song on and listen for direction. You may want to clear some space before you start, though, since there’ll be a lot hopping, sliding and “taking it back.”

Despite having been released in the 1970s, YMCA’s popularity has in no way diminished. Your kids can quickly become pros at this one as they learn how to move their arms into the letter’s shapes.

4. Thriller
This horror-themed song and dance is the perfect thing to occupy an afternoon, although it’s probably better suited to older kids, because the dance is pretty hard (and the video is a bit scary). Remember when Jennifer Garner performed the dance in the movie 13 Going On 30 to liven up her work party? Proof that this song and dance can turn the most boring of days into a fun one.

5. Vogue
Channel your inner Madonna, “go with the flow” and “let your body move to the music.” The movements for this song aren’t too tricky to learn.

6. Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae)
The kids will probably be able to teach you this one! Released in 2015, Watch Me quickly became popular thanks to its super catchy lyrics and its fun dance. Your kids will be inspired by the music video, which features little kids dancing far better then we ever could.

7. Chicken Dance
This four-step, highly repetitive dance is among the easiest one for little kids to learn. Even toddlers will be shaking their tail feathers all day long!

8. Gangnam Style
The 2015 hit by Psy was the first video to hit two billion views on YouTube. As fun as it is to dance to, it will then be stuck in your head for weeks. Note: The video shows women in booty shorts and crop tops, which some parents might not want their kids to see.

9. Hokey Pokey
Is the hokey pokey really what it’s all about? We may never know, but we do know it is a very simple dance to do with the kids.

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Why are some parents reluctant to give their children an amazing opportunity to learn how to dance? about the direction of dance

It is well known that children start dancing very early. As soon as they hear the sounds of music, they begin to dance, and do it very naturally, succumbing to the innate desire to move, and move rhythmically, without fear, without tightness, at the behest of feelings and emotions.

But why don't some parents want to give their children the amazing opportunity to learn how to dance? The reason, in most cases, is that they are afraid to give their children into the hands of a stranger, they are afraid of the consequences, possibly injuries. Or maybe the child does not need it at all? nine0005 Let's try to understand this issue.

We will be based on a real example. In our case, mine.
I started dancing early, from the age of three I invented dances myself, almost every day I put on concerts for my most devoted fans and connoisseurs of my talent - my mother and grandmother. She danced the polka, put "numbers" under the clips ... And, of course, very soon found herself in the choreographic class, namely, at the barre. In my practice there was a classic exercise, parterre part and middle part. Then Ballroom dancing entered my life. I tried myself in different dance directions. And even after graduating from St. Petersburg State University of Economics, having received a bachelor's degree in management and marketing, I do not part with dancing. nine0003

What did dancing give me? Have they harmed me, my health?

Dancing is something extraordinary. I am convinced that they are necessary for every child at the beginning of his development!

Correct posture? Please!
Self confidence? Of course!
The ability to present yourself? Undoubtedly!

Physical health, endurance must be developed in a child from an early age. Maintaining the muscle frame, improving blood circulation, interval and moderate load on all muscle groups in dancing are provided! nine0003

During training, a child, and an adult as well, will throw out all the accumulated negative emotions, which will always help to maintain a good psychological state. And learning new ligaments, elements is a wonderful memory training!

The development of communication skills, the communicative function is also inherent in dancing. From childhood, a child needs communication, and during the class there is constant contact with his dance partners. Taste, style, discipline develop, a certain core is formed, characteristic of children who have gone through a dance school. Children who have been dancing since childhood are very different from those who have not done anything. nine0003

Doctors state that no sport is as effective in spinal alignment as dancing. Plasticity, grace, dexterity and coordination are included.

The embarrassment passes, artistry appears. Every year our school arranges 2 reporting concerts in which children perform and learn how to behave properly on stage.

Don't waste a talent that might be wasted.
Give your child the opportunity to open up and express themselves.
Maybe he will become a champion or a professional choreographer! Give your child a chance! nine0003

Reading about dancing is interesting, but it's better to try it. You can find the schedule, addresses of lessons and other detailed information about this direction at the link: Dance lessons for children

The material was prepared by a dance teacher
Secret Alina.

Dance and its role in the life of children about the direction of dance

/Register for a lesson and dance for children and teenagers here/

Among the many forms of artistic education of the younger generation, choreography occupies a special place. Dance classes not only teach to understand and create beauty, they develop imaginative thinking and fantasy, give harmonious plastic development. In comparison with music, singing and fine arts, which have their permanent place in the school schedule, dance, despite the efforts of well-known teachers, choreographers, psychologists and art historians, could not be included in the number of compulsory school subjects. Meanwhile, choreography, like no other art, has enormous potential for the full-fledged aesthetic improvement of the child, for his harmonious spiritual and physical development. nine0003

Choreography classes are designed to: develop strength, endurance, dexterity, flexibility, coordination of movements, the ability to overcome difficulties, temper the will and improve the health of children. And also develop a sense of rhythm, form beautiful manners, gait, posture, expressiveness of body movements and postures, get rid of shyness, tightness, complexes, teach you to enjoy the success of others and contribute to the overall success.

The movements used in the choreography, which have passed a long selection, certainly have a positive effect on the health of children. We can talk about a kind of choreotherapy - a method developed and tested in recent years

Man started dancing a long time ago, much earlier than he started talking. The desire to dance expressed the need to convey to others their feelings, emotions with the help of the body. For a person of a primitive society, dance was a way of thinking, a way of life - almost all important events in life were celebrated with dances: birth, death, war, healing of the sick, etc. Through dance, people prayed for the appearance of rain, sun, fertility, protection, etc. The dance was not just connected with life, but was life itself. For example, in ancient Greece, the muse of dance and choral singing Terpsichore was included in the pantheon of deities. In India, according to Hindu legend, the world was created by the dancing god Shiva. In the East, dance is perceived as something divine that a person once received from the gods as a gift. nine0003

The most important thing is that there are no people who don't dance. Naturally, this does not mean a professional dance, which has its own rules, numerous steps and certain movements, but a dance devoid of any rules, in which only the body dances, and the mind is turned off. Such dances can usually be found on dance floors (discotheques, clubs, etc.) and streets.

Everyone loves to dance - both adults and children. And it doesn’t matter if, according to the rules, a person dances or moves as best he can. Either way, dancing is fun. Moreover, the feeling of joy acquires new nuances depending on what kind of dance a person performs - cheerful or romantic, tender or passionate

Dance creativity as such occupies an important place in the spiritual and moral education of children, adolescents and youth. Creative teams of a choreographic orientation are one of the most popular and demanded by society areas of leisure activities, additional education and vocational guidance for children and youth. In this regard, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of professional pedagogical skills for the head of a choreographic team. In his work, the leader of such a team solves a huge number of tasks. Dance art itself is multifaceted, the choreographer must understand almost all areas: art, education, pedagogy, psychology, economics, etc. He must love his work. nine0003

Children definitely love to dance, they have fun, they rejoice, imagine themselves in different images, fantasize and develop. They learn purposefulness, due to the desire to learn, to achieve the correct execution of this or that movement, this or that manner of a certain style of dance. Children are interested in this artistic direction, dancing they open up, relax and splash out excess energy. If a child is seriously passionate about dance, it means that he has something to strive for, something to do, someone to look up to. As a result, the end result will please everyone, but first of all - the children and the teacher. Dance is important for children, so dance art needs to be developed, choreographic circles and groups should be created in schools, leisure houses, etc. nine0003

Dance classes not only develop musicality, but also help to develop willpower, communication skills and develop creative potential. Indeed, many studies by psychologists have proven that children involved in dancing achieve greater academic success than their peers, and are also ahead of them in general development. Dance helps to form the initial mathematical and logical representations of the child, trains the skills of orientation in space and develops speech. Dancing helps to develop qualities such as organization and diligence. Rhythm, plasticity form the basic motor skills, abilities and prevent postural disorders. Such classes enrich the child's motor experience, improve motor skills, develop active mental actions in the process of physical exercises. Even the most withdrawn children become more liberated, open and sociable. nine0003

Music and dance are what you need to develop a good ear for music and a sense of rhythm in your child. It has long been proven that there is a connection between movement and thinking. Through the training of each new movement, the child develops the most powerful nerve networks. When the repertoire of movements expands, then each step in development will give the senses (especially hearing, touch and vision) an increasing advantage in the perception of environmental information.

The art of dance is an excellent means of educating and developing children. It generalizes the spiritual world, helps the child to reveal himself as a person. The organic combination of movement, music and play creates an atmosphere of positive emotions, which in turn liberate the child and make his behavior natural and beautiful. A real dance is a true feast for the soul and body. There is a huge variety of such holidays - ballet and ballroom dancing, rock and roll and salsa, rumba and tango, belly dance and classical waltz

There is a good African proverb “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance”.

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