Work in Progress
Please pardon our progress while we refine the look and functionality of our new ALEX site! You can still access the old ALEX site at If you would like to share feedback or have a question for the ALEX Team, you can use the contact form here, or email us directly at

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Five Easy Social Dances for Early Elementary

Subject Area

Physical Education


K, 1, 2, 3


The early grades are an ideal time to introduce children to different styles of dance. At this age, children are eager to explore all the ways their bodies can move and are open to taking risks and following cues. They enjoy moving to music and interacting with their peers on the dance floor.

These easy social dances are a great place to start. And in case you need a cheat sheet for leading the dancing, these dances are easily printable!

    Physical Education (2019) Grade(s): KG


    Apply rhythmic expression in response to music.

    Physical Education (2019) Grade(s): 1


    Combine locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills in rhythmic activities.

    Physical Education (2019) Grade(s): 2


    Demonstrate directionality in simple folk, line, partner, and circle dances and rhythmic routines.

    Physical Education (2019) Grade(s): 3


    Perform teacher-selected and developmentally appropriate dance steps, movement patterns, and rhythmic activities.

    Link to Resource

    CR Resource Type

    Learning Activity

    Resource Provider


    Resource Provider other

    The Kennedy Center

    License Type

    Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives