Dance

The Turkey Tango

Our students are in their 3rd week of state testing.  They sit at their desks for 3 hours in the morning, writing this week, and then come to music class.  I’m figuring, they need to move.  The following is shared with the permission of Lois Fiftal, the originator of this activity.

Materials: A recording of “Do You Love Me” by the Contours

Youtube:       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f9O2omYaIo

Have the students stand in a circle.

Wait throught the introduction or say it all together: “You broke my heart cause I couldn’t dance.  You didn’t even want me around.  But now I’m back to let YOU know: I can really shake ’em down!”

A.(8 counts) Twist ball of right foot back and forth with hands on hips.

(8 counts) Twist in place.

(8 counts)Put left hand under right elbow shaking right pointer finger twice.                                                                               Switch to right hand under left elbow, shake left pointer finger twice.                                                                                                     Switch to left hand under right elbow shaking right pointer finger twice.                                                                                               Switch to right hand under left elbow, shake left pointer finger twice.

(8 counts) Place left hand on left hip and shake pointer finger into center of the circle.

Walk in a personal circle to the left for 8 counts clapping on 2 and 4.

Switch directions, walk in a personal circle to the right  8 counts clapping on 2 and 4.

B.  Face the center of the circle with hands up, palms facing the center of the circle. Thrust them outward as you jump back on balls of feet twice.  Repeat 2 more times.

Walk in a personal circle to the right  8 counts clapping on 2 and 4

Form of the dance: Intro, A B A A B B  A A B B

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