Shake, Shimmy, & Dance GOES POP! — 7/26


…what does that mean?

This was a special evening edition of Shake, Shimmy that I did twice during the summer. I used popular, mainstream music instead of children’s music in the hopes of reaching adults and families in a different way.

The Plan

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley, illustrated by Cedella Marley
This book is another that has personal meaning to me — “Three Little Birds” the song is what I sing to myself when I’m having trouble or worries. It’s something that started shortly after I discovered the Elizabeth Mitchell version of the song. It really resonated with me and I have it saved on my work computer for this express purpose. I really wanted to show families the power of song using this exact one. Songs can improve our mood and help us through harder times.


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Stop This Feeling — Justin Timberlake
Shout Part 1 — The Isley Brothers
Shut Up & Dance — Walk The Moon
Sweet Caroline — Neil Diamond
Let It Go — Idina Menzel
Firework — Katy Perry
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Since this was a VERY different kind of Shake, Shimmy program, I started with some announcements. I explained that children’s music songs are typically a lot shorter than regular contemporary songs, so if our group started to lose energy I planned to do a slow fade-out.

Our first song, Can’t Stop This Feeling was another familiar song for the majority of attendees and worked in the same way as Happy did in the 6/30 program to get immediate staff buy-in. And for this library, Trolls is a huge draw. This song was a free dance.

Next, we danced to Shout Part 1 and did the typical motions that you might see on a dance floor at a special occasion. Since we used these familiar motions, caregivers were all in for this one and I probably could have played Part 2 as well!

Shut Up & Dance was the one song that I waffled about for a while. Was “shut up” an appropriate phrase for kiddos to hear? Ultimately, since the playlists were available at the Kids & Teens desk prior to the event, I decided that caregivers could make that decision for themselves. I also advanced the slide before announced the title of the song, letting them decide if a bathroom break was in order. (No one left.) It was another free dance, this time with a grown-up that you care very much about!

And our last non-prop song was Sweet Caroline. I’ll be honest, four mainstream songs that range in three to four minutes of length prior to props is too much and I would change that in the future. I felt poor Sweet Caroline got cheated and I wound up doing a slow fade on it to move on to prop songs.

Scarves were used in both Let It Go and Firework. To differentiate the movements between songs, I had the kids pretend their scarves were Elsa’s sleeves. It worked!

I’m not sure when GOES POP! will be back on our schedule, but I still think it was a very valuable experience!

(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 GOES POP! — 7/26

  1. Valentina Loizzo
    November 11, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you so much! You are the first one I go to when I need ideas in storytime.
    I really appreciate your music programs: your choices are so uncommon and yet successful with kids and adults.
    Thanks, really!

    • Katie
      January 7, 2020 at 9:36 am #

      You’re welcome. Thank you for reading!

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