A Spring Dance Party – 親子deレッツ・ダンス~春のダンス・パーティ~

Hi guys! It’s Brian, the CIR of Kizugawa.

To enhance the international exchange of the three municipalities of Kansai Science City in Kyoto, Polly (Kyotanabe CIR), Jake (Seika CIR), and I hold 2 to 3 joint events together every year. And this time, we had a spring dance party.


In recent years only few dance fads have made it to Japan. We wanted to share some of the popular dances in the US with the locals, and we asked our participants to come with their family to dance together at this event.


Our Spring Dance Party took place on March 26. First we talked briefly about the dance culture in the US and the UK. There are school dances in both countries, and also people dance at weddings and other ceremonies. Then we started with the simple and old-school. We did the Macarena. It was easy so we played with the speed of the song and had all of us either rushing or in super slow-motion. The kids really liked it.




Next we introduced the Cha-cha Slide. After we went through the surprise moves like the Charlie Brown and Hands-On-Your-Knees, we had a great time doing the listen-and-move (watch-and-move for us at this event) number.


Body Transformers

Body Transformers ボディ・トランスフォーマー

We then played Body Transformers, which is simply team charades. We challenged the participating families with difficult questions such as conveyor belt sushi and electric fan. We were very impressed with the creativity we saw, and had a good time joining the children in charades.


We finished the event with Watch Me, the song and accompanying dance that went viral in 2015. The moves were confusing at first. After a couple of rounds, everybody was doing the whip, the nae-nae, and the stanky leg perfectly.


Brian dance (3)As our last 3-municipality joint event, I had a great time. Dance is a way of expression, and has long been a tool of social exchange. Plus, it is a lot of fun! With the popularity of SNS such as Youtube and Twitter, hopefully more fun dances will emerge around the world. I hope I can see you on the dance floor someday!




One thought on “A Spring Dance Party – 親子deレッツ・ダンス~春のダンス・パーティ~

  1. Thanks for you three wonderful guys and lady, my family enjoyed ourselves very much! Generally speaking, and of course including mine too, though, Japanese are shy and feel kind of ashamed when dancing, privately as well as in front of people, but I took advantage of this opportunity and I was so happy to have you teach us dancing like this. These days kids are interested in dancing, and I hope Japanese people will love dancing more like you guys! I am impressed about your comment: Dance is a tool of social exchange. Regardless of our nationality, I hope people can get a variety of tools of communication! I’m a poor dancer, but I feel relaxed when dancing after I took your lesson! Looking forward to the next one! See you then!

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