“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.
Question: How do you foster an appreciation for music in your kids?