December 3: Family Dance Party

The spontaneous family dance party can be a fun way to get everyone moving and — equally as important — giggling together.

What you'll need

• Recorded music from dance-friendly genres

• A way to play the music (a sound system is great but we usually use a phone and a bluetooth speaker)

• Open space (move the furniture if you need to)

• Optional: Light effects

• Optional accessories: Glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces; scarves (fun for younger kids)



Get started

Read the steps below to begin playing!

Prep time can be from 1 to 30 minutes. The key details for a family dance party are the space and the music. There’s a good chance you won’t have to do much prep at all — it depends on how personalized you want your music selection to be. If you’re building a playlist from scratch it’ll take a bit longer.

The space

Most of our dance parties happen in the living room, but they’ve also happened in the basement, the kitchen and even in front of the bathroom mirror! Consider moving furniture to create a dance floor.

The Music

You have a couple of options: Curate your own list or let someone else curate the list for you. If you curate your own, it’ll take a little longer, but you’ll be able to choose the music you know will get your family dancing, as well as keep the songs at a level appropriate for your kids’ ages. Plus, everyone can help choose the songs. We like Spotify for this purpose, but you can use another service or your own collection.

A fun twist on curating your own playlist is curating a YouTube playlist featuring dances for your family to learn.

Prefer to let someone else curate the music? Internet radio is an easy way to go, and most services will have stations that can work. Here are some to consider: Pandora: (station list), Spotify: (playlist examples), Apple Music: (station list)

My kids and I curated this Spotify list to share:
• Cadence and Sonny’s Dance Party

Take it to next level!

Wanna take your dance party to another level? Have fun with lighting! Strobe lights, disco balls and black lights can all be found for less than $20. Glow bracelets are another way to play with light, and you can get a dozen for less than two bucks.