Happy International Square Dancing Month! Promenade and Do-si-do your way to a delightful dance form that children find intriguing and fun! Square Dancing has been taught in elementary schools around the country for generations. It’s easy to teach and has many benefits for everyone from children to adults.
While you may be aware of the physical benefits that dancing provides, there are many cognitive and SEL related skills that dancing also can offer children. Square dancing, in particular, is great for the developing minds of young children. The call and response style of square dancing helps teach the value of listening and reinforces the importance of following directions. The calls are in patterns, a basic math skill. The repetitive nature of the songs and steps are great for increasing coordination and rhythmic response. And, of course, dancing with a partner is an ideal way to teach cooperation, socialization and taking turns.
If you’re interested in incorporating square dance into your PE curriculum, the first thing you’ll need is a great square dance album with songs that children will enjoy. Our favorite, Get Ready to Square Dance , is easy to do – it starts off with simple calls and builds up to two complete dances. Click here to watch a PE class using this recording to learn the promenade movement.
You can also check out more great Square Dancing music options on our website. We know your children will have a great time and also gain some very important skills!
More video examples of square dancing in PE classes with the Get Ready to Square Dance recording:
Educational Activities, Inc. led the way of introducing square dancing to schools across the country. Read “Our Story” to learn more!