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Create a group dance routine

Can you create a dance routine that fits everyone’s favourite moves in?

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You’ll need

  • Device to play music

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.

Planning this activity

  • Test out your device to play music and make sure it can be heard throughout your whole space.
  • If you’ve access to a speaker, you could play some appropriate music or create a young-person appropriate playlist. Make sure to follow music licensing requirements.

Running this activity

  1. Gather everyone together and tell them they’re going to come up with dance routines in their groups.
  2. Ask everyone to get into equal groups. Each group should find a space.
  3. Each group should choose a song to make their dance routine to. Make sure it’s appropriate for the group.
  4. You play the song from a device or through a speaker for people to practise to, or people could sing it.
  5. In their groups, each individual should come up with their own dance move.
  6. Each group should put their dance moves together into a 30-second routine.
  7. Once everyone is ready, the groups should come together to show off their 30-second routines. If anyone in the group is feeling nervous, all the groups could dance together at the same time. Alternatively, everyone else in the group (including adults!) could try to copy their dance, so people feel more confident as everyone’s dancing together.


Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed. Take a look at our guidance on running active games safely.

Switch it up by encouraging full body movements, longer routines, or more complicated dance moves.

Make sure everyone can do all of the moves; encouraging people to choose the moves themselves will help.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Try out more active games to develop different skills.