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In this blog we will be talking about how can you integrate music into movement. If there is one thing I have noticed either as a little boy myself or when I teach, it is that students/kids move BETTER with music. Kids naturally will follow a beat and move along with it. Really, all you have to do is move with them, and they like it even more!

First, we pick a song that has a great beat and naturally makes you want to move. Then, we add different movements at different body levels to make the song interactive.

If you look at most "dances" or flash-mobs, they all have one thing in common--they all go into different beats (beats of 4-6-8) and have some movement at different levels. The trick to dancing is that it's based upon memorization and practice. In this blog, I'm not trying to make your son or daughter a professional dancer (I'm definitely NOT one!), rather I want them to get up and have fun moving around. Heck, you could even take this idea and make your own dances to songs you listen to all the time with your friends, family, and children. How cool would it be to make a "family flash-mob" dance with your closest relatives and kids? I smell another fantastic idea for the holidays!

Song: Happy by Pharrell
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**Disclaimer: I did not write this song! It is for educational and recreational purposes ONLY!

Andrew Mantzaris

Andrew is a certified physical education instructor in Omaha, Nebraska. His desire is to help every child become a "lifelong mover" by teaching the fundamentals about body movement while making it fun in the process. In his class, you could be playing numerous variations of tag activities, learning sports related skills, doing body weight exercises or testing out some new dance moves. He is committed to making life long moving accessible to all ages and skill levels by coaching h ...

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