In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Tell the children that after a barn-raising, all the people who helped build the barn would have a party — often inside the barn they had just built. Explain that square dancing needs eight people and is a form of dancing the community might have done to celebrate finishing a barn.
Teach the steps for the dance you will do. Then play the music and lead the children in celebratory dancing.
If any children have mobility challenges, make sure the space is accessible including room to adapt the dancing to accommodate all participants.
Take gender, popularity, dancing "expertise" and other pressures off the children by forming pairs and squares by counting off. You might have all the children count off "one, two" to make two smaller groups for squares and then "one, two, three, four" for positions in each square.
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
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