Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 8/3

During the summer, we’ve switched to a weekly format again! I’m packing in between 60-120 people in a room and we are DANCING ourselves silly!


The Plan

How Can You Dance? by Rick Walton
I picked another repeat for this last week of Shake, Shimmy, and Dance. “How Can You Dance?” is always a crowd pleaser and I’m happy to report that it remained a hit in this week’s session. I love seeing the kids follow the actions in the book, but if I’m pressed to confess, I might enjoy watching the parents more.


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
If You’re Happy and You Know It — Mr. Jon & Friends
Tricky Way — Emmy Brockman
Let’s Dance Now — Jim Gill
Rolling Ball — The Learning Groove
Fast and Slow — Laurie Berkner
Popcorn — Laura Doherty
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I saved our most challenging prop (the parachute) and a most challenging dance (“Tricky Way”) for the last session of SSD this summer. My group handled them both beautifully. The last session is always bittersweet and this was no exception. I’m saying goodbye to kiddos who are starting full-time school or going to preschool or moving away. Luckily, we went out on a high note with an excellent SSD line-up.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

2 comments on “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 8/3

  1. thislibrarianslife
    December 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    OMG I love this. I may have to think about this. Over the summer I taught the older kids some dancing. For example, the electric slide, cha cha slide etc. They LOVED it and I was taken by surprise. I am curious how this would do for us.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      Yes, do try it! It’s so much fun and such a great program!

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