Dancey Dance Time

Dancey Dance Time” is a big deal in our house. Not only do I get to expose my kids to different types of music, but I also get the chance to teach them how to dance.

Before I proceed, I must admit that I gave to birth to two out of three rhythmless children. This fact saddens me because I loved going to clubs and getting in the middle of the dance circle when I was younger. I won’t say who they inherited their rhythmless genes from *cough, cough, KayEm*, but it sure wasn’t from me.

When my 6-year-old son, N, dances it looks like some bizarre hybrid of breakdancing and moshing. My 8-year-old daughter, Nee, on the other hand is more subdued, but her dance moves remind me of Elaine’s (from Seinfeld). X, my 2-year-old son, is the only real dancer of the three. I think Hip-Hop Harry and Yo Gabba Gabba may have influenced his style. The other two grew up learning their moves from The Wiggles and Barney.

First we rocked it reggae style with Phineas and Ferb’s “Backyard Beach.” X was doing a laid-back, island inspired bounce while Nee and N had concocted some weird version of the Macarena.

Next I decided to pick up the pace with Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?

“Nee,” N said as he started banging his head. “You can’t dance to this one because it’s boy music.”

“Hey,” she said, obviously offended. “I can dance if I want to.” She attempted to show-up her brothers with a wicked air guitar.

In order to make up for my son’s sexism, I had to play some stereotypical “girl music.” I quickly downloaded a Jonas Brother’s song from iTunes. My kids don’t really like the Jonas Brother’s, but their song, “Keep it Real” is kind of catchy. Nee and I held hands and danced together for the duration of the song while the boys had some mosh pit thing going on.

The climax of “Dancey, Dance Time” occurred when I played MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” My kids love, love this song. Their favorite part of the song is when they can do Hammer’s typewriter dance move. It was four minutes of pure mayhem in my living room. At any moment, I fully expected MC Hammer to burst through our door and join in.

For our grand finale, my son, N, and I recreated all of the dance moves from New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love” video. Nee and X decided to sit this one out because they were tired from bustin’ a move.

KayEm could only shake her head as she watched our performance.

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad
  1. You GAVE BIRTH???? Wow. You’re a miracle of science! Why didn’t I hear about this? Or is this a case of that “man” who gave birth recently? Either way, that’s AMAZING.

    (I kid. No, really.)

    :P

  2. You GAVE BIRTH???? Wow. You’re a miracle of science! Why didn’t I hear about this? Or is this a case of that “man” who gave birth recently? Either way, that’s AMAZING.

    (I kid. No, really.)

    :P

  3. Definitely with Dancey, Dance Time. My husband can hold a beat for about a minute, then chaos ensues. My son takes after him, and my daughter can get down like she was auditioning for Baby Soul Train. We do it all though, classical, country, old school hip hop, folk, instrumentals, almost anything with a good message and a great beat, we’re down for it. I love this post. Sounds exactly like our family.

    My best, Lynn
    *I started a new blog and wanted my profile name to be different than on my other blog, but for some reason Blogger won’t let me have two different names. Any tips or am I just going to have to deal with it?

  4. Definitely with Dancey, Dance Time. My husband can hold a beat for about a minute, then chaos ensues. My son takes after him, and my daughter can get down like she was auditioning for Baby Soul Train. We do it all though, classical, country, old school hip hop, folk, instrumentals, almost anything with a good message and a great beat, we’re down for it. I love this post. Sounds exactly like our family.

    My best, Lynn
    *I started a new blog and wanted my profile name to be different than on my other blog, but for some reason Blogger won’t let me have two different names. Any tips or am I just going to have to deal with it?

  5. I love love love it!!!

    We dance- sometimes. My daughter hasn’t gotten into it much as she tends to get too caught up in the “don’t look at me” thing. But my son, who is just 2, is starting to show that he totally digs rocking out.

    My kids exposure to music mostly comes from just seeing my husband and I enjoying music. Sometimes we turn off the TV and just have the radio on and will sing along… in the car, we almost always have tunes playing. My husband has totally trained my kids to love his favorite Bowling For Soup tunes.

    What I love most is that my daughter gets so excited about me singing with our praise team at church. She’s told me several times just how much she enjoys me being up front and how much she likes hearing me sing. I sing in her room, in the car, at church… lots of places.

    So I guess our music appreciation is more vocal than physical. :)

  6. I love love love it!!!

    We dance- sometimes. My daughter hasn’t gotten into it much as she tends to get too caught up in the “don’t look at me” thing. But my son, who is just 2, is starting to show that he totally digs rocking out.

    My kids exposure to music mostly comes from just seeing my husband and I enjoying music. Sometimes we turn off the TV and just have the radio on and will sing along… in the car, we almost always have tunes playing. My husband has totally trained my kids to love his favorite Bowling For Soup tunes.

    What I love most is that my daughter gets so excited about me singing with our praise team at church. She’s told me several times just how much she enjoys me being up front and how much she likes hearing me sing. I sing in her room, in the car, at church… lots of places.

    So I guess our music appreciation is more vocal than physical. :)

  7. Music was a constant in my house as a kid. My father would play his 8-tracks on the big stereo while we cleaned house so I grew up listening to a wide variety of music. I did the same with my daughter (minus the 8-tracks) and at the age of 16, she would rather listen to the Temptations than T-Pain.

  8. Music was a constant in my house as a kid. My father would play his 8-tracks on the big stereo while we cleaned house so I grew up listening to a wide variety of music. I did the same with my daughter (minus the 8-tracks) and at the age of 16, she would rather listen to the Temptations than T-Pain.

  9. Sounds like quite the good time. I can’t dance for shit…but love to see when kids are dancing fools…even if they can’t dance.

    Great post!

  10. Sounds like quite the good time. I can’t dance for shit…but love to see when kids are dancing fools…even if they can’t dance.

    Great post!

  11. We foster an appreciation of music in a few ways with our children.

    1. We watch Yo Gabba Gabba and Hip Hop Harry, every day. (Yes, I mean every day. It is synonymous with taking our vitamins. It is a daily nutritional requirement for our 14 month old son). I appreciate his love of music and different dance styles because he enjoys the purity of the music and the openness to allow body movement. His dance truly are quirky, but he loves it. Thus, I love it.

    2. Our daughter’s music tastes are obviously a bit more mature. The Disney Channel on satellite radio is her music of choice. However, her grandmother is incorporating more classical music into her personal music jukebox while I incorporate more hip-hop, r&b and reggae.

  12. We foster an appreciation of music in a few ways with our children.

    1. We watch Yo Gabba Gabba and Hip Hop Harry, every day. (Yes, I mean every day. It is synonymous with taking our vitamins. It is a daily nutritional requirement for our 14 month old son). I appreciate his love of music and different dance styles because he enjoys the purity of the music and the openness to allow body movement. His dance truly are quirky, but he loves it. Thus, I love it.

    2. Our daughter’s music tastes are obviously a bit more mature. The Disney Channel on satellite radio is her music of choice. However, her grandmother is incorporating more classical music into her personal music jukebox while I incorporate more hip-hop, r&b and reggae.

  13. While it’s not to different types of music.

    I do various Yo Gabba Gabba or Fresh Beat Band dances with my kids.

    ‘Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, Go/Get The Wiggles Out’ dance is the favorite. I was actually filmed doing it with my children.

  14. While it’s not to different types of music.

    I do various Yo Gabba Gabba or Fresh Beat Band dances with my kids.

    ‘Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, Go/Get The Wiggles Out’ dance is the favorite. I was actually filmed doing it with my children.

  15. We LOVE dancing in this household too…like you tho, I am the only one with rythym…hopefully there is till time for our little one.

    LOVED this post and the graphic? CLASSIC!

    Cheers!

  16. We LOVE dancing in this household too…like you tho, I am the only one with rythym…hopefully there is till time for our little one.

    LOVED this post and the graphic? CLASSIC!

    Cheers!

  17. My kids and I dance every night after dinner. I just turn on Panodra and we get down for a good 30 minutes. They also love to do the Casper Slide but my fave to dance to is…..Turn this Mutha Out by MC Hammer. By the time I finish, I am sweating. Luv it.

  18. My kids and I dance every night after dinner. I just turn on Panodra and we get down for a good 30 minutes. They also love to do the Casper Slide but my fave to dance to is…..Turn this Mutha Out by MC Hammer. By the time I finish, I am sweating. Luv it.

  19. I can do a lot of things, but dancing isn’t one of them. I’m completely rhythmless — was so nervous to even dance at my own wedding. Anyway, I do love MC Hammer. My wife is from southern Mexico where dancing seems to be a genetic thing. I really hope my kids take after her and not me in that department :-)

    • So when you walk, you stutter walk?

      Everybody has the ability to dance if they just get into the music. But you do have to let go of inhibitions. Too many men think it’s a girly thing to do. With that attitude, they will never have anything but two left feet. Two let feet is so manly.

      I can’t get over what is called dancing in TV sitcoms and soaps. It goes, one step to the left, one step to the right, one step to the left, one step to the right, one step to the left, one step to the right, etc. etc. In old time movies, everybody knew how to dance. Whatever has happened to people? I wish they would dance instead of killing each other.

  20. I can do a lot of things, but dancing isn’t one of them. I’m completely rhythmless — was so nervous to even dance at my own wedding. Anyway, I do love MC Hammer. My wife is from southern Mexico where dancing seems to be a genetic thing. I really hope my kids take after her and not me in that department :-)

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  22. You’re on a winner with ‘U Can’t Touch This’. It’s the most requested car song from my kids. Although they did start with the Chipmunks version.

  23. I don’t think we ever “fostered” it. They each found their own way. The oldest, the video game head, started his love affair with music after buying Guitar Hero. Now he is my 70s/80s hard rock and metal head.

    The middle child, who is 7, found my mp3 player and would just randomly listen to it. He latched onto Michael Jackson on now goes out in public wearing a white glove, fedora and a Beat It jacket we had sent all the way from China. He is also in a hip hop dance class. The kid’s got moovs.

    The toddler…she does the toddler bounce to any music. I just pray she’s not into Miley and the Jonas bros in a few years. Nooo!

  24. I don’t think we ever “fostered” it. They each found their own way. The oldest, the video game head, started his love affair with music after buying Guitar Hero. Now he is my 70s/80s hard rock and metal head.

    The middle child, who is 7, found my mp3 player and would just randomly listen to it. He latched onto Michael Jackson on now goes out in public wearing a white glove, fedora and a Beat It jacket we had sent all the way from China. He is also in a hip hop dance class. The kid’s got moovs.

    The toddler…she does the toddler bounce to any music. I just pray she’s not into Miley and the Jonas bros in a few years. Nooo!

  25. they should never let lack of rhythm discourage them from dancing. let’s just say I am still taking my belly dancing class, despite my mediocre amount of rhythm :D

  26. they should never let lack of rhythm discourage them from dancing. let’s just say I am still taking my belly dancing class, despite my mediocre amount of rhythm :D

  27. Wish my parents had more dancey dance time when we were growing-up! It is so healthy for the kids! Keep it up and as soon as they hit the musical instrument phase – they’ll start getting some rhythm.

    Bryan

  28. Wish my parents had more dancey dance time when we were growing-up! It is so healthy for the kids! Keep it up and as soon as they hit the musical instrument phase – they’ll start getting some rhythm.

    Bryan

  29. Since my daughter was a baby, whenever we are in the car, I’m singing with the radio. Tuned to the Old Skool station, of course. I sing in harmony, ad lib lyrics, and truly enjoy myself. My daughter is 17 now and she does the same thing, while we’re fighting over which station to listen to.

  30. lol…my 4yo granddaughter gracefully dances in circles no matter the music; my 3yo grandson was born to dance!

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