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Share a Story: Dancing Storytime


Did you miss our Dancing Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a rhythmic storytime you can do at home. 


From Storytime

Edgar Degas walks through the streets of Paris observing life in the city and creating art based on some of the things he sees. He stops at the opera house to watch the ballerinas.


DANCING SHEEP (From Susan Dailey)

     Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)

     But into my bedroom one sheep creeps. (creep fingers)

     “Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said. “I would rather dance instead!”

     Soon he was…  

     Dancing on the ceiling! (move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
     He was dancing on the floor! (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
     He was dancing on the window! (move hands to one side)
     He was dancing on the door! (move hands to other side)

     He kept on… dancing on the ceiling, etc.

          (repeat several times getting faster each time through)

     “Stop that dancing, silly sheep. It is time to go to sleep!”

     Soon the sheep lay on the floor. Soon the sheep began to snore.

     So I started …  
     Dancing on the ceiling! I was dancing on the floor!
     I was dancing on the window! I was dancing on the door!


Dance party countdown by Eric Litwin

Groovy Joe is a guitar-playing dog who loves to sing and dance, and when many other dogs come and join him his home gets a little crowded, but the party is fun, and Joe is definitely a guitar hero.



     Five little shoes dancing to the beat

     They twirled, spun, and jumped

     And then one took a seat.

     How many are left? (repeat, counting down to no more shoes)


We did the Silly Dance Contest, but Jim Gill has a lot of great dancing tunes.

We bounced the parachute to Kristen Bell's Dance it Out.

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Dancing feet! by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

The cranky ballerina by Elise Gravel

Saturdays make Ada cranky because that's the day of her ballet class, and she hates ballet.

Dance by Matthew Van Fleet

A group of friendly animals teaches a baby chick how to dance.

Firebird by Misty Copeland

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student with brown skin that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. 

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

A honeybee searches for nectar, then returns to the hive to tell the other bees. She does a waggle dance, moving in a special figure-eight pattern to share the location of the foodsource with her hivemates. 

Can't Stop This Feeling is always a great song to move to.

Nothing like some Motown for a dance party.

Laurie Berkner and her band perform frequently on Nickelodeon and were guest artists on Ziggy Marley's hit 2009 album Family Time. This greatest hits collection features all the most popular tunes from all five of Laurie Berkner's albums and other releases.