Christmas Issue 116: Dance

Here’s a really, really simple little dance I “created” on the fly (as if something SO simple could be dignified with the term) for a year 3 and 4 class at the end of term. I needed to fill in some time in an unexpected music lesson that I was teaching. It turned out to be a great success, with the children loving it. All I had to do was keep singing “Jingle Bells”, and call out the name of the child who was supposed to be leading their row back “home”.

It fits the words of Jingle Bells, so that’s how I will set it out here, but can easily be adapted for other songs.

Line up the children in two rows, facing each other. It was easy for me, as there were roughly equal numbers of girls and boys. The moves are massively easier to do than to explain. Just walk the children through a couple of times, and then you are away. Three times through was the limit before it began to get a bit wild, as the children have to scurry along to be ready for the next repetition of “Jingle bells”. It made a nice little introduction to country dancing.

Words Actions
Jingle Bells Row one advances towards row two by just one step
Jingle Bells Row one advances one more step
Jingle all the way Row two links hands to make arches, row one passes through arches and stands behind row two
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh –   Hey! Top person of row one leads everyone back to their own side; the row will now be reversed with top person becoming bottom person.
Jingle Bells Row two advances towards row one by just one step
Jingle Bells Row two advances one more step
Jingle all the way Row one links hands to make arches, row two passes through arches and stands behind row one
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh Top person of row two leads everyone back to their side; the row will now be reversed with top person becoming bottom person.

So, for “Hickory Dickory Dock” it could work like this for the first verse, and then with rows one and two reversed for the second time.

Words Actions
Hickory Dickory Dock Row one advances towards row two by two steps
The mouse ran up the clock Row two links hands to make arches, row one passes through arches and stands behind row two
The clock struck one, the mice ran down, Top person of row one skips everyone back to their own side; the row will now be reversed with top person becoming bottom person.
Hickory Dickory Dock Everyone claps hands in time to the pulse once they are in position

I seem to remember a second verse that went “Hickory Dickory Dare, the pig flew up in the air, the man in brown soon shot him down (or brought him down if you want to be less blood-thirsty!), Hickory Dickory Dare”

holly

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