Students love to play “Freeze Dance,” with any song, dancing when the song plays and freezing when the song stops. We dance to popular songs, such as “I Like to Move It, Move It,” “What Let the Dogs Out?” and “I Gotta Feeling.” To give freeze dance more structured dance time and target gross motor movements, I give directions to be a specific animal. Students already love doing freeze dance, and adding their favorite animals on top make it even more fun!
Some directions I give are: “hopping frogs,” “crawling bears,” “slithering snakes,” “sideways crabs,” and “galloping horse.” One student loves to be a giraffe and added “tall giraffes” with their head held high. Others were a “flying eagle,” and “hopping kangaroo.” For some classes, I focus more on the action words of stomp, hop, jump, march, and the directionality of movement: forward, sideways, and backward.
I have learned that sometimes we tell students to dance, and they look and said, “I don’t know how.” By giving animals and action directions, I teach them to move to the beat with specific motions and eventually evolve into their own movements. These animal gives them ways they can dance and move to music during free dance time. For the last segment of Freeze Dance Animals, I give student a time to dance how they choose. Because we have danced through a handful of animals by that point, students pick their favorite one to do. Freeze Dance Animals also provide opportunities for students to work on their gross motor movements in a safe environment and practice without really knowing they are practicing. It gets their body moving in a variety more ways and works the whole body and mind.