Let’s dance! Dancing is great exercise. It can be social or solitary. Dancing can be fun. it can be a form of self expression. Dancing can teach us about cultures and traditions. Dancing can be a way to share history. July 27th is National Dance Day.
On of the first traditional, social dances I remember learning was the “Glow Worm”. As a teen, disco dances like “The Hustle” were the rage. I currently live in a community where polkas are the norm.
There are many styles and types of dancing: folk, square, ballroom. swing, line, tap, ballet, jazz, break….the list goes on.
Take some time to dance – by yourself or with others. Explore dancing and movement with a child or an older loved one.
Looking for some musical inspiration? Here are a few songs about dancing or dances to get you going:
- Alley Cat
- And the Band Played On
- At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors
- Ball and the Jack –
- Begin the Beguine – Cole Porter
- Bunny Hop
- Cheek to Cheek – Fred Astaire
- The Chicken Dance
- Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone
- Do the Bus Stop – Fatback Band
- Do the Monkey – The Wiggles
- Footloose – Kenny Logans
- I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
- La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
- The Locomotion – Little Eva
- Roll Out the Barrel
- Tennessee Waltz
- The Time Warp – from Rocky Horror Picture Show
- The Twist – Chubby Checkers
- Twist and Shout – Isley Brothers
- Varsity Drag
So have fun! Move your body! Let’s dance! Just remember…