Here are some of my (and my students') all-time favorite tracks for preschool-aged dance classes!
1. "If You're Happy and You Know It" is an oldie but goodie for getting kids to sing and dance along. During my search for an updated and up-beat version of the song, I overheard this version in a fellow teacher's class at the studio. She introduced me to the band Go Fish who have 16 albums and a number of singles to check out on Spotify. They've upgraded tons of classics including "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Wheels On The Bus."
2. As if "Animal Action," a peppy song that leads kids through acting out different animals, couldn't get any better or more fun there are TWO VERSIONS of it! "Animal Action 1" features spiders, bunnies, lions, bees, and ducks while "Animal Action 2" has cats, frogs, birds, snakes, and monkeys. Even for a once-weekly class, acting out the same animals every single week could get boring for students and limit their interest and attention. Switching it up between the two versions keeps them on their toes and keeps them having fun. Unfortunately, these tracks are not available on Spotify or iTunes but Amazon sells the CD for $15.
3. Tumble Tots has 15 awesome albums on Spotify geared to get kids moving and singing. My favorite tracks of theirs for the warming up part of class are "Stand Up, Sit Down" and "Shake My Sillies."
4. Even though my students between 7 and 10 years old absolutely despise it, Kidz Bop is one of the best things on this planet. "Make Some Noise" and other up-beat tracks on one of their recent albums, "Kidz Bop 30," are perfect for playing games or practicing skills like skipping.
5. Most preschool-aged dance classes are creative movement-based but for those ballet classes, The Modern Ballet Pianist's "The Princess Collection" is the only album you'll need. With 28 tracks, the album runs 1 hour and 30 minutes. Because of short attention spans and the desire to keep a class this age moving, I usually have it playing in the background as I lead students through the ballet exercises. I believe using ballet music is important even if they aren't doing a traditional technique class. This album walks that line between fun music and music for a ballet class with recognizably Disney favorites like "Under the Sea." It is not available on iTunes or Spotify but can be purchased on their website. Be sure to check out their other albums that blend classical and popular music for all your ballet classes.
Access my go-to playlist for preschool dance classes here!