Leadership Inspirations Activities

Dance Party

Get up and dance around to some music 

Duration

5 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

Music player

 

SUMMARY

Play some fun music and have the group get up and dance around.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare a playlist of appropriate songs to use for the dance party.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pick a song to play. Depending on the development stage of the group, choose songs that help members participate. For example, “Jump Around“ by House of Pain is an easy song that anyone can just jump up and down to
  • Have everyone get up and dance while the song is playing. Participants can dance however they want (appropriately, of course), they just have to keep moving until the end of the song.

VARIATIONS

  • Give this activity a theme by creating a playlist of songs that fit in a particular category, such as “Hits of the 90s“ or “Disney music.”
  • Play just a verse or part of a song and then change to a new song in order to fit more songs into a shorter timeframe
  • Weave this activity into a longer session by telling participants that a dance party may break out at any time and that if they hear music during the session they need to get up and dance. Participants will not know when the music is going to start, and facilitators can play music whenever they think the group needs an energizer.
  • Online: To facilitate this activity virtually, use audio sharing to play the songs on whatever virtual platform is used. Have participants turn on their cameras and dance along.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group? 
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?