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Let’s Do the Skeleton Dance!

Skeleton Dance is definitely one of my students’ favorite songs! It teaches various body parts and directional movements. You can start your school day with it, use it during break time, dance it on a rainy day, move during a health unit, or dance it on Halloween. I have taught Skeleton Dance to students in kindergarten through upper elementary, and everyone enjoys it. I’ve also shared this song with teachers in America, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

 

You can watch some of my students here in Japan doing the Skeleton Dance, and read the lyrics below:

 

Here’s how you do the Skeleton Dance:

 

In this song, students will move four different body parts: shoulders, elbows, knees, and feet.
First, students move their shoulders to the beat.

 

1. Move your shoulders . . .

 

Skeleton, skeleton, skeleton dance,
Move your shoulders, do the skeleton dance.
Skeleton, skeleton, skeleton dance,
Move your shoulders, do the skeleton dance.

 

Next, students move their whole bodies to the front, to the back, and to the side. I usually start by moving only my arms, but my students love to jump in each direction.

 

To the front, to the back, to the side, side, side,
To the front, to the back, to the side, side, side,

 

Next, students move their shoulders up, down, and around. Each time they repeat the song, they will move a different body part in these directions.

 

Put your shoulders up. Put your shoulders down.
Move them up and down and all around.
Put your shoulders up. Put your shoulders down.
Move them up and down and all around.

 

Finally, students move their shoulders in their own way.

 

Shoulders dance . . . ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch
Shoulders dance . . . ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

 

This dance is repeated with the following body parts.
Before I play the music, my students and I figure out how we’ll move up, down, and around using each of these body parts.

 

2. Move your elbows . . .
3. Move your knees . . .
4. Move your feet . . .

 

I hope that your students enjoy Skeleton Dance as much as mine do.

 

Best wishes,

 

Kathy

 

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Skeleton Dance is one of 15 great songs for kids on Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays. The CD includes a handy attached booklet with lyrics, and is available for teachers in Japan at ETJ Book Service.  For teachers residing outside of Japan, the songs are available for download through iTunes.

 

Kathy’s second children’s CD, Jump Jump Everyone, is also available at ETJ Book Service.

 

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