Dance Circuit

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Balance
  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Skip
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For participants to complete the dancing stations listen in the step-by-step section.
Other Skills:
Locomotor, stability, and manipulative skills
Creative, rhythmic, and cultural movements


Index cards
Paper and pencils
Audio equipment and lively music
Fitness Station cards

Set Up: 

Set up stations around the activity area. Divide participants into groups of 2-4 and assign each group a starting station. 

Step by Step: 

Warm Up

  1. Give each participant an index card and instruct them to write or illustrate a warm-up activity on the card, (e.g. shoulder shrug and roll, arm circles, ankle rotations, knee lifts, stretch arms up high).
  2. Play music and have participants move around the activity area in a walk, speed-walk, march, gallop, etc.
  3. After 1 minute, stop the music and call “And switch.” At that point, participants face the closest participant, switch cards, and do the activity on the card until the music starts again.  
  4. Repeat this process for the duration of the song.


Have participants work in groups at each station for 1-2 minutes, while the music is playing and then rotate to the next station when the music stops.

Station 1: Grapevine - Participants do the grapevine to right (side step right foot to the right, left foot behind, right foot to the right, feet together) 8 counts; then grapevine to left for 8 counts. Repeat. They can add a clap as the feet step together, and/or do the grapevine in 4 counts.

Station 2: The Sprinkler - Participants extend right arm to side and tap hand 4 times toward centre. Repeat with left arm. Repeat from beginning. Then, moving to right, participants slide, step, slide, together. Repeat, moving to left. Repeat from beginning.

Station 3: Marching Madness - Participants do the following combination: March on the spot 4 steps; march forward 3 steps and tap foot on 4th step; march backward 4 steps and tap on the 4th. Repeat.

Station 4: Snake and Roof - With a bounce, participants snake the right arm across the front of body (2 counts), then follow with the left arm. Repeat 3 times. They then raise the roof (move one bent arm upward, palm raised) 2 counts with right, followed by 2 counts with left. Repeat from the start.

Station 5: Macarena - Participants do the following combination: Right foot tap front, side, back, together. Repeat with left foot. Then jump back with 2 feet, front, back, middle with a quarter turn. Repeat.

Station 6: Slide Shapes - Participants take large slide steps side to side, with a clap as the feet come together—2 counts each step, slide and clap. Then they slide-step to create shapes (e.g., squares, triangles, and hexagons).

Station 7: Hip Shake - Participants stomp to the right and hip shake, stomp to the left and hip shake. Repeat 3 times. Then double-stomp right, double-stomp left, 8 times. Repeat sequence but step forward with each foot and then backward with each sequence.

Station 8: Aerobic Steps - Participants side-step to right and left, 4 times. Repeat and add a double arm push-out. Then they do heel kick-backs side to side 4 times. Repeat with elbow pull-backs. Do a quarter turn and repeat from start.

Station 9: Tribal Dance - Participants march high (4 counts) then low (4 counts). They walk forward 3 steps and step together for the 4th and hop back for 4. Then stride-jump out, in, out, cross legs and pivot a quarter turn. Repeat.

Station 10: Shimmy and Shake - Participants shake the whole body high and low as they travel about in a small area.

Cool Down

  1. Participants form groups of 3–4 to use their bodies to create a cool-down machine. Everyone in the group is connected in some way.
  2. Each group decides whether they will move in unison or react to one another.
  3. Play slow music while the machines go through their movements and stretches. The movements should be slow and repetitive.
  4. Have participants demonstrate their machines to the other groups.
  5. Finish by having participants inhale deeply and slowly as they stretch up as tall as possible.
  6. As they slowly exhale, they bend forward at the waist, letting their arms relax and sway.
Safety Considerations: 

Check that the floor is not slippery and is free of obstacles. Participants must be aware of a safe movement pattern between the stations. Remind participants to be aware of the personal space of others as they move.


For the warm up, ensure that participants understand the importance of moving their joints through a full range of motion to warm up.
Demonstrate or have participants demonstrate the moves from each station before beginning DPA. Consider posting written instructions at each station.
For cross-curricular connections, have participants practice information technology by researching different dancing styles such as salsa, folk, tribal, and their origins (world cultures), the types of musical instruments commonly used, and rhythm (music appreciation).

Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Have another participant guide those who are blind or visually impaired. 

Adaptations (Mobility Impairment): 
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Remember that participants with mobility limitations may need to move in different ways. Encourage them to adapt their own dance moves.

Adaptations (Deafness/Hearing Impairment): 
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Consider using cues in addition to music, such as dimming the lights, to communicate to participants who are deaf or hard of hearing that the music has stopped during the warm-up.


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