LET THERE BE DANCE PARTIES
There are two times during any given day that I whip out my phone & little speaker— first thing when the kids get up & at 6:30 in the evening. Getting your morning going with an upbeat sound is the best way to kick off a new day– & again, when everyone is tired of each other but it’s too early to go to bed, we have a dance party, & the room turns into show-stopping energy.
We started having dance parties on the regular when I realized how much music affected my own mood– it’s impossible to stay in a bad mood when Another Day of Sun from La La Land is playing over you. And dancing is essential! I look like the whitest girl on planet earth when I dance, but it doesn’t stop me. We are stomping, twirling, jumping on furniture (much to Blake’s chagrin), & getting in some solid cardio while we’re at it.
Here’s what’s on our current CEJ (Collins.Emma.Jude) Dance Party Playlist (We change it up often thanks to Spotify’s endless song supply.) I’ve included some sort of video clip for each song so you can check them out!
The Wake Up Song — Lisa Loeb
There will be plenty of days ahead when the kids are super annoyed when I wake them up with song. But I get away with it right now, & this is the perfect song to blare.
Just Like Fire — Pink
The Greatest Show — Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Do You Believe in Magic — The Lovin’ Spoonful
Honey, Honey — Amanda Seyfried, Mama Mia
Try Everything — Shakira, Zootopia
Gorgeous — Taylor Swift
Sing — Ellie Holcomb
Seriously, ya’ll– her whole new kids’ album is gorgeous.
The Goldenwing Circus — Sofia the First
Listen. Some little kid shows drive me bonkers, but Disney Jr never fails me. Pretty sure we’ve seen every episode of this show multiple times.
Hair Up — Justin Timberlake, Trolls
This is probably Emma & Jude’s favorite song to dance to right now.
Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton
This is Me — Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman
I LOVE this behind the scenes video for this song. Watch it IMMEDIATELY for all the good feels.
Gaston — Josh Gad & Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast
Run Baby Run — Caspar Babypants
Another one more for the kids but renders me exhausted by the end of it from sprinting around the house, usually holding a small child.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — Julie Andrew & Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins
Wouldn’t It Be Nice — The Beach Boys
Collins thinks the movie Minions invented this song.
Shake It Off — Taylor Swift
Party in the USA — Miley Cyrus
My Time — Elena of Avalor
Disney Junior wins again.
Love Story — Taylor Swift
I hope this gives you a good starting place to create your own playlist for you & your people to break a sweat together! It’s a guarantee for stopping sibling arguments, making you think you’re on your way to being a top notch backup dancer, & reminding yourself why it’s a good idea to wait to buy new furniture.