14 Songs with Dance Moves to Teach Kids

Songs with Dance Moves
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From The Time Warp to Gangnam Style. How many of these songs with dance moves could you teach your kids? How many could they teach you? Why not use this time at home to shake your groove thang! These are our favourite dances by kids for kids!

Songs with dance steps for kids to learn

Music is good for the soul, and when songs are accompanied by dance moves that EVERYONE can learn, you’re on your way to an energising, boredom busting, lounge room laughter and fun fest! We’ve found the best songs with dance moves, and popped in a video for each as a handy tutorial reference. Warm up with the Timewarp, then slow it down a little with the Macarena, before turning up the pace again with The Twist. How many of these best dance songs can you get through before collapsing in a heap? The challenge is on!

  1. Macarena – Los Del Rio (1996)

Singing along to this one is a bit of a tall order, so make sure you really blast out that “Heeeeeyyyy Macarena, Ayyyy!” The Macarena is the tongue-twister of dance – is it shoulders, then hips, or hips and then waist? Get it right and get in the rhythm. This one will take you back to those carefree days BC (before children!) and before you had to find dances of kids for kids!

  1. YMCA – The Village People (1978)

A classic at weddings and social events, everyone from grandparents down to pre-schoolers can shake this one out. Get the whole family doing the YMCA together as a Zoom challenge!

  1. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

It’s totally crazy, side-stepping, toe-tapping, high energy fun – it’s The Timewarp! Line the kids up and see if they know their left from their right in this monster fun dance from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  1. Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper (2000)

After a recent resurgence, this is one the kids will probably teach you! The Cha Cha Slide will get you sashaying your hips as you step through the called moves. Be warned, this one is a real workout for the legs, but so much fun!

  1. Locomotion – Kylie Minogue (1987)

Can this one really be from all the way back in 1987? It sure can! Kylie Minogue had ‘trains’ forming and hips swinging in discos across the globe with this fun locomotion dance. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits, if only for the chance to wow at those amazing eighties’ fashions!

  1. Stanky Legg – GS Boyz (2009)

There’s nothing easier than the Stanky Leg; it’s one of those really cool dance moves that somehow has the kids in hysterics whenever they see their grownups attempt it, but don’t let that put you off. Turn up your ice-cold freeze factor by donning your sunnies (yes, indoors!), throw on an oversized baggy t-shirt and get ready to show the kids a thing or two about who’s cool in the home school!

  1. Whip/Nae Nae – Silento (2015)

If you’re a parent of a child in primary school or older, you will be familiar with the Whip/Nae Nae song. It swept the world with it’s catchy tune and easy-to-learn moves. If you’re still wearing your sunnies and baggy t-shirt from doing the Stanky Leg, you need to launch straight into this one!

  1. 5, 6, 7, 8 – Steps (1998)

Remember that brief boot-scooting revival at the turn of the century? This is the funked-up dance version of 5, 6, 7, 8 Steps that anyone can follow. It’s easy, but can you go the distance? It’s far more ‘aerobic’ than you might think!

  1. Gangnam Style – PSY (2012)

We’ll never be allowed to forget this surprise dance-floor hit that came out of nowhere! With its unique dance moves that are instantly recognisable as Gangnam Style – even without the soundtrack – this one will live on in the hearts of big kids and little kids everywhere.

  1. The Twist – Chubby Checker – (1960)

It is IMPOSSIBLE to sit still when you hear Chubby Checker singing The Twist. The tune is so catchy it’s endured for 60 years and is still known by everyone! The Twist is a beautifully simple dance that anyone can do, from toddlers to grandparents – and you can even add your own ‘twist’ to it with a ‘mashed potato’ or two.

  1. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)

Bringing country to the mainstream, back when mullets were cool the first time around, Achy Breaky Heart is a boot-scooting classic with easy-to-learn dance moves.

You can find a video on how to dance the steps to Achy Breaky Heart here.

  1. Agadoo – Black Lace (1984)

Novelty songs with dance moves were all the rage in the eighties, and Black Lace lead the way with Agadoo. It’s tropical theme and nonsense lyrics were an instant hit. The dance moves to this one are easy. If you’ve made it this far having danced to all the others above, you’ll be please to know you can sit down for this one and let your arms do all the work!

  1. (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop (1974)

Grab a pair of your widest flares and round up your mates for the ultimate boogie anthem.

14.  Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner (1973)


Belt it out loud and proud:

A church house, gin house
A school house, outhouse
On highway number nineteen
The people keep the city clean….

How cute are these dances by kids doing the Nutbush!!?

Songs with dance moves for dances by kids

Did we forget your favourite? Or your kids favourite? Tell us in comments and we might just add it to our list!

5 responses to “14 Songs with Dance Moves to Teach Kids”

  1. Katie says:

    Rock-a-bye Your Bear and Do The Monkey 🙂

  2. Katrina says:

    Hokey pokey
    Hot potato by the wiggles

  3. Lynne Cargill says:

    Where are the moves for Nutbush??

  4. Pp says:

    The Ketchup Song !!

  5. Jo says:

    Love them!
    But you missed the Hucklebuck, Git Up and the birdie dance 😉

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