This simple no-partner dance should work well in all age groups. It is especially useful with children from kindergarden to 8th grade.

Blue Bird

Formation: Single circle facing the center of the hall with adjacent hands joined to form arches.

Record: Almost any music will work


One extra person in the middle of the set is the “blue bird”. This person weaves in an out of the arches and stops some place on the outside and taps someone in the circle on the shoulder. The previous blue bird then places both hands on the new leader’s shoulders. The new person becomes the blue bird and the pair weave in and out of some more arches.

The selection process is repeated and the line (train) becomes longer and longer until there are no arches remaining.