Warm-Up Activity: Down

Dance-based warm-up: called “Down.”

• To play “Down,” have your group assembled in a large circle
• Take turns–or, collectively as a group, you’re going to sing this song:

  •    “D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down. Uh-huh. D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down. Uh-huh.”

• At that point in time then, whoever in the circle has the focus is going to ask another person this following sequence of interactions:

Person 1: Hey, Andrea.
Person 2: Hey, what?
Person 1: Hey, Andrea.
Person 2: Hey, what?
Person 1: Show me how you get down.
Person 2: No way.
Person 1: Show me how you get down.
Person 2: Ok.
ALL: D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down. Uh-huh. D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down. Uh-huh.
Person 2: Hey, Melissa.
Person 3: Hey, what?
Person 2: Hey, Melissa.
Person 3: Hey, what?
Person 2: Show me how you get down.
Person 3: No way.
Person 2: Show me how you get down.
Person 3: Ok.
ALL: D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down. Uh-huh. D-O-W-N. That’s the way we get down.

And the energy just gets passed around the circle. Everyone dances and has a good time, gets loosened up. And that’s how you play “Down.”

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