Rhythmic Activities and Dance

An activity guide of the most popular recreational dance forms.


Written for teachers or program leaders of students in grades K-12, this book provides instructions for easy rhythms and dances, including social dances. Each book includes sections on assessment and an accompanying CD.

Fun with Dance

With this book, you can teach students traditional dances such as the tango, foxtrot, waltz, and more, giving your students the instruction they need to use these dances in social settings. Not only does this give students a better arsenal of dance moves, but it also helps students to develop and achieve cognitive, affective, and psychomotor objectives. Students will come away with a lifelong appreciation for dance and music.

User Friendly

Based on standards from the National Dance Association, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, this book is extremely authoritative and easy to follow, mixing in easy rhythmic games and activities with specific dances. Select activities from across chapters or develop a full unit based on a single chapter, depending on your students’ interests and abilities.


This book features 9 chapters based on different styles of dance.

  • Rhythmic Activity Finder
  • CD Song List
  • Key to Diagrams
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Starting a Rhythmic Activities and Dance Program
    • Planning Your Program
    • Program Considerations
    • Unit Planning
    • Lesson Planning
    • Rhythmic Terms
    • Music in Rhythmic Activities and Dance
    • Evaluation
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Icebreaker Activities
    • Easing Students Into Rhythmic Activities and Dance
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Rhythmic Games and Activities
    • From Old to New
    • Music Selection
    • Large-Group Activities
    • Small-Group Activities
    • Circuits
    • Games
    • Culmination
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Aerobic Dance and Fitness Routines
    • Strategies for Quality Aerobics
    • Warm-Up and Cool-Down Exercises
    • Exercise Components for Aerobics and Dance Routines
    • Sample Aerobic Workouts
    • How to Create Rhythmic Routines and Dances
    • Pre-choreographed Routines
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Line Dances
    • Line Dance Activities
    • Line Dance Unit Planning
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Folk Dances
    • Description of Folk Dancing
    • African
    • American—Central
    • American—North
    • American—South
    • Asian
    • European—Eastern
    • European—Western
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Mixers
    • History of Mixers
    • Teaching Social Mixers With the Round-Robin Wave
    • Single Circle Facing Center With a Partner
    • Double Circle, Facing Line of Direction
    • Double Circle Partners Facing
    • Free or Open
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Square Dances and Clogging
    • History of American Square Dance
    • Basics of Teaching Square Dance
    • Appalachian Big Set
    • Big-Circle Figures
    • Small-Circle Figures
    • Square Figures
    • Clogging
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Social Dances
    • Smooth American-Style Dances
    • Latin-Style Dances
    • Swing
    • Summary
  • Glossary
  • Suggested Resources
  • About the Authors

Book is 272 pages.

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