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Last Minute Christmas Dance

We’ve all been there. You’ve been asked to provide a last minute Christmas dance at your corps. Not to worry! Here’s a list of awesome Christmas songs you might be interested in using:

Song: Silent Night (4:38)
Artist: Lauren Diagle
Album: Behold
Idea: This music feels similar the whole way through, so it would work well for a group. It’s a little long, so I wouldn’t recommend doing it as a solo. It has a real smooth, jazzy feel.

Song: Pray (3:32)
Artist: Justin Bieber
Album: Under the Mistletoe
Idea: If you have some young dancers who have Biever-Fever, he might have one or two on his Christmas album you could make work. Pray doesn’t have a specifically ‘Christmas’ message, but would be great to use for a young group or soloist now… and then build on it for something in the new year! (Double whammy.)

Song: Ave Maria (3:26)
Artist: Christina Perry
Album: A Very Merry Perry Christmas
Idea: This piece would work well as a solo or small group. Utilizing strings, it has a low-key, grounded feel so some contemporary dance would fit right in.

Song: Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)
Artist: Vince Guaraldi Trio
Album: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Idea: Do you have the cutest little dancers? You can’t go wrong with Peanuts! This is a very slow moving song, but great for tiny dancers doing their first Christmas play.

Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Glee Cast Version) (3:09)
Artist: Glee
Album: Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album
Idea: With a gospel choir feel, this version of God Rest Ye has a solid beat and great story-telling lyrics. This would work well with a group of teens.

Song: Silent Night (3:21)
Artist: Carpenters
Album: Christmas Portrait
Idea: One of the most traditional songs, done just the way you want to hear it. This is great for groups, perhaps smaller children doing simple movements.

Song: Mary, Did You Know? (3:23)
Artist: Pentatonix
Album: That’s Christmas To Me
Idea: For advanced dancers, there’s some intricate use of rhythm and harmonies. Passion filled, this piece tells a story in a fresh new way. This would be perfect for a female soloist. Pretty much everything on this album is dance gold.

Song: Go Tell It On The Mountain (3:42)
Artist: James Taylor
Album: James Taylor at Christmas
Idea: A fun, country-fied chorus with clear moments in the verses for tableau/storytelling movement. Great for young dancers.

Song: Happy Xmas (War is Over) (4:14)
Artist: Celine Dion
Album: These Are Special Times
Idea: A slow moving uptempo, great for young dancers. Simple concepts with clear message. Great for a group dance.

Song: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (Rejoice Rejoice) (3:31)
Artist: Rend Collective
Album: Campfire Christmas Vol. 1
Idea: This slow build would work wonderfully starting as a solo, transforming into a duet then slowly adding dancers one at a time. Lyrical/Contemporary movement would fit best. This album is filled with songs with a similar feel if you like what you hear!

 

Kathryn Higgins
Dance Ministries Specialist

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