This file includes Dance, Ballet, Parades and other Performing Arts.
For Couples Dancing and Dancing as a Metaphor see Dancing. Also see Music.
(compiled by Madonna M. and Denny Davis)
- All She Wants to Do is Dance
- All That Jazz
- D A N C E
- Dance Dreams
- Dance Electric
- Dance, Girl, Dance
- Dance to Live or Live to Dance
- Dance to the Music
- Dancer Dreams
- Dancer with an Attitude
- Dancers Have Attitude
- Dancers Have the Best Buns!
- Dancers "Turn Out" Better
- Dancin' Shoes
- Dancing Girl
- Dancing Queen
- Dancing Toes
- Do a Little Dance
- Dressed to Dance
- Fancy Dancer
- Fancy Footwork
- Feel Like Dancing
- Feet Don't Fail Me Now
- Havin' a Ball, Y'all
- Having a Ball
- Hey, Look Who's Dancin'
- Hip Hop
- Hoof it
- I Brake for Dancers
- I Dance Therefore I Am
- I Gotta Dance
- I Just Can't Stop Dancing
- I Love to Dance
- I Wanna Dance
- I Want to Dance
- I'd Rather Be Dancing
- I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
- I'm in a Dancing Mood
- Let's Boogie
- Life is Simple...Eat, Sleep, Dance!
- Look at Her Dance
- Lord of the Dance
- Making Strides by Leaps and Bounds
- Once a Dancer, Always a Dancer
- One Good Turn Deserves Another
- Practice Makes Perfect
- Put on Your Dancing Shoes
- Puttin' on the Ritz
- Shake That Bootie
- She Just Wants to Dance
- She Loves to Dance
- She's a Dancer
- Shimmy Shake
- Some Days You Gotta Dance
- Song and Dance Man
- Steppin' Out
- Still Dancing
- Tiny Dancer
- To Dance is to Live, to Live is to Dance
- Twinkle Toes
- We've Got Rhythm
- Why Walk When You Can Dance?
- All life's problems are solved by dancing.
- Any day that I don't dance I consider wasted.
- The ballet toe shoe is one of the few instruments of torture to survive intact into our time.
- Dance allows your dreams to speak.
- Dance is life, everything else is just details!
- Dancer's attitudes never cease, ever!
- I dance to live not live to dance.
- I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who HAVE to dance. (George Balanchine)
- If dance were simple, they'd call it hockey!
- If dance were easy it would be called football!
- If you get confused just jump around and wave your arms.
- If you think dancers aren't athletes, think again.
- Of course I have an attitude, I'm a dancer!
- There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance.
Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
(Mary Lou Cook)
- You need more than dancing shoes to be a dancer.
- We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance. (Martha Graham)
Songs about Dance
- All She Wants to Do is Dance - Don Henley (1985)
- Any Dance'll Do - The Rascals (1968)
- Attitude Dancing - Carly Simon (1975)
- Belly Dancer - Mike Dawson (2008)
- Bite Your Lip, Get up and Dance - Elton John (1977)
- Blue-Eyed Dancing Girl - Brian Kachejian (2007)
- Boogie Fever - The Sylvers (1976)
- Bop Till You Drop - Rick Springfield (1999)
- Can't Stop Her From Dancing - Billy Bland (1961)
- Courage to Dance - Uncommon Promise (2004)
- Dance a Dream - Phil Seymour (1982)
- Dance Any Way You Wanna - Harvey Fuqua (1962)
- Dance, Dance, Dance - T-Bone Burnett (1987)
- Dance Fever - Timbuk 3 (1988)
- Dance Forever - Cheryl Ladd (1979)
- Dance, Girl - The Charts (1957)
- Dance, Girl, Dance - Gerry Granahan (1961)
- Dance Lesson - Joe Henry (1986)
- Dance Little Girl - The Cavaliers (1966)
- Dance Little Jean - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1983)
- Dance on - Anita Bryant (1958)
- Dance on, Little Girl - Thurston Harris (1964)
- Dance On, Maria - The Mike Curb Congregation (1977)
- Dance to the Beat of My Heart - Tommy Page (2000)
- Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone (1968)
- Dance What You Wanna - Johnnie Taylor (1963)
- Dance Without Music - The Essex (1963)
- Dance Your Blues Away - The Neville Brothers (1979)
- Dancer, The - Hugh Moffatt (1995)
- Dancer in a Daydream - Ace of Base (1995)
- Dancer to the Drum - Beth Nielsen Chapman (1993)
- Dancin' Days - Guy Clark (2002)
- Dancin' Diane - Floyd Cramer (1953)
- Dancin' Everywhere - Bob and Earl (1966)
- Dancin' Fool - The Guess Who (1975)
- Dancin' Round and Round - Olivia Newton-John (1979)
- Dancin' Shoes - The Marshall Tucker Band (1988)
- Dancin' Wild - Tom and Jerry (1957)
- Dancing Easy - Danny Williams (1977)
- Dancing Fool - Clancy Hayes (1962)
- Dancing Girl - David Blue (1973)
- Dancing in a Dream World - The Hearts (1958)
- Dancing in a Hurricane - The Kelly Bowlin Band (2002)
- Dancing is Important - Mood Swings (1997)
- Dancing Jenny - Jewel Akens (1965)
- Dancing Man - Gerry Granahan (1961)
- Dancing Shoes - Dan Fogelberg (1977)
- Dee Dee's Dance - Red Norvo (1949)
- Do a Little Dance - Kurt Gallagher (2005)
- Do the Hustle - Van McCoy (1970)
- Fancy Dancer - The Commodores (1977)
- Feel Like Dancing - The Premiers (1964)
- Get Rhythm - Martin Delray (1991)
- Get Up There and Dance - Country Gazette (1990)
- Girl Who Danced Oklahoma, The - Terry Allen (1979)
- Gotta Dance - Dale Hawkins (1962)
- Happy feet - Dave Cortez (1962)
- Hey, Look Who's Dancin' - Randy and the Rainbows (1970)
- I Can't Stop Dancing - Groove Holmes (1969)
- I Can't Stop My Feet From Dancin' - Jimmy James (1978)
- I Got Rhythm - Barbara Streisand (1973)
- I Gotta Dance - The Strange Loves (1966)
- I Just Can't Stop Dancing - Larry Graham (1980)
- I Wanna Dance - Alan Price (1977)
- I Want to Dance - Shirley and Lee (1957)
- I'd Rather Be Dancing - Kenny Maines (2006)
- I'm in a Dancing Mood - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1956)
- Keep on Dancin' - Kokomo (1982)
- Let's Dance - David Bowie (1983)
- Let's Dance, Dance, Dance - George and Gwen McCrae (1976)
- Little Dancing Doll - Shelby Flint (1963)
- Look at Her Dance - Russ Ballard (1979)
- Man Who Loved to Dance, The - Kiki Dee (1977)
- Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1971)
- Music Makes You Wanna Dance - The Ambassadors (1969)
- Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sisters (1984)
- New Dance in France - Bobby Lee Trammell (1964)
- Put on Your Dancing Shoes - Steve Winwood (1988)
- Second Chance to Dance - Mike Farner (1977)
- Secret of the Dance - Ian Gillan Band (1979)
- She Can Dance - Shaver (1999)
- She Just Wants to Dance - The Hutchens (1995)
- She Likes to Dance - Michael White (1992)
- She Loves to Dance - The Jarmels (1961)
- She's a Dancer - Larry Norman (1973)
- She's a Dancing Tornado - Lapeau (2007)
- Sing a Little Song, Do a Little Dance - Jeff Jones and the Earthtones (2008)
- Some Days You Gotta Dance - Dixie Chicks (2001)
- Something in the Way She Moves - James Taylor (1968)
- Song and Dance Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. (1958)
- Sound of Music Makes Me Want to Dance, The - Emblems (1964)
- Spirit of the Dance - The Band (1998)
- Step by Step - Jeff Lorber (1985)
- Still Dancing - Loney Hutchins (1987)
- Tiny Dancer - Elton John (1971)
- Twinkle Toes - Jeanne Shaffer (2006)
- Watching Amy Dance - Buddy Miller (1995)
- Way She Dances, The - New Riders of the Purple Sage (1980)
- We Can Dance - Ashley Cleveland (1991)
- Well, I'm Dancin' - O.C. Smith (1960)
- Why Walk When You Can Dance? - Small Wonder (1976)
- You Should Be Dancin' - The Bee Gees (1976)
Songs about Tap Dancing
- Little Tap Dance Boy - Tracie Borges (2008)
- Rhinoceros Tap Dance - Not From There (2000)
- Tap Dance - Jaquie Gipson (2004)
- Tap Dance Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins (1952)
- Tap Dance on a Cloud - Nielsen-Goodman Project (2005)
- Ballerina Girl
- Ballet Beauty
- Ballet Togs
- Beautiful Ballerina
- En Pointe
- Music Box Dancer
- On Pointe!
- Pas de Deux
- Pretty Ballerina
- Toe Shoes and Tutus
- TuTu Beautiful
- TuTu Cute
- TuTu Fun
- TuTu Much
- Ballet dancers always have a pointe!
- Ballet teachers keep their students on their toes.
- Ballet never becomes easy, it only becomes possible. (Agnes DeMille)
- Taken to the ballet for the first time, the little boy watched curiously as the dancers cavorted about on their toes.
"Mom," he finally whispered loudly, "why don't they just get taller people?"
We are the Dancers
We dance for laughter,
We dance for tears,
We dance for madness,
We dance for fears,
We dance for happiness,
We dance for screams,
We are the dancers . . .
We create the dream!
At the Ballet
that legs have
and arms are
Dance on beautiful child
And breathe in beauty and grace
Just look at the sparkle in your eyes
Just look at that lovely face.
Dance on with strength of body and mind
And let your spirit soar
Dance on until your find your dream
And then dance on some more.
We watch you dance and applaud you
For your joy is so sweet to see
Dance on and enjoy the dance
For it was truly meant to be.
Songs about Ballet
- Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra (1947)
- Ballerina Girl - Lionel Richie (1986)
- Ballet Dancing Bear, The - Jill and Michael Gallina (1994)
- Croquet Ballet - Billy Harper (1989)
- Lonely Ballerina, The - Mantovani and His Orchestra (1954)
- Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills (1979)
- Prairie Dog Ballet - Jim Pearce (2006)
- Pretty Ballerina - The Left Banke (1967)
- Sandpaper Ballet - The Late Show (1955)
- Scarecrow Ballet - Johnny Mercer (1956)
- She Used to Want to Be a Ballerina - Buffy Sainte-Marie (1971)
- Sidewalk Ballerina - The Charlie Sizemore Band (1988)
- Toyshop Ballet - Mantovani and His Orchestra (1956)
(compiled by Donna in MB and Denny Davis)
- 76 Trombones Led the Big Parade
- Bands and Horses and Floats, Oh My!
- Banner Moments
- Banners and Horses and Bands, Oh My!
- Birds Eye View (child perched on shoulders)
- Christmas Parade
- Drum Major
- Everybody Loves a Parade!
- Eyes Right!
- Festival Parade
- Floating Along
- Forward, March!
- From the Reviewing Stand
- A Good Review
- It Had Better Not Rain on Our Parade!
- Keep in Step
- Life's a Parade!
- March of Time
- Marching Bands
- Marching Orders
- Marching to the Beat of the Drums
- Military Review
- Parade Marshall
- Parade of Athletes (Olympics)
- Parade of Champions
- Parade of Lights
- Parade of Nations (Olympics)
- Pomp and Circumstance
- Rose Bowl Parade
- Spring Parade
- Step it Out
- View From the Boulevard
I Love A Parade
I love a parade, the tramping of feet,
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
That rat-a tat-tat, the blare of a horn.
That rat-a tat-tat, a bright uniform;
The sight of a drill will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of everything military.
I love a parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade,
For I love a parade.
Songs about Parades
- Before the Parade Passes By - Pearl Bailey (1967)
- Circus Parade - Linda Arnold (2005)
- Easter Parade - The Hit Crew (2002)
- May Day Parade - Bristol Pomeroy (2007)
- Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Mindy Carson (1950)
- South Rampart Street Parade - Dixieland Parade (1995)
- St. Patrick's Day Parade - The Shamrock Singers (2006)
- Thanksgiving Day Parade - Spencer Ross (1960)
- West Point Dress Parade - Jaye P. Morgan (1956)
- Where Was I When the Parade Went By? - Mike Curb Congregation (1971)
- All the World's a Stage
- Another Opening, Another Show
- Applause, Applause
- Baby I'm a Star
- Behind the Scenes
- Bowing Out
- Break a Leg
- Broadway Baby
- Cast List
- A Chorus Line
- Center Stage
- A Class Act
- The Cover of "Rolling Stone"
- Critic's Choice
- Critic's Corner
- Curtain Up!
- Enjoy the Show
- Enter Stage Left
- Enter Stage Right
- Entertainment Tonight
- Everyone's a Critic
- Give My Regards to Broadway
- The Greatest Show on Earth
- The Great White Way
- Hi-diddle-dee-dee, an Actor's Life for Me
- Hooray for Hollywood
- Hot Ticket
- The Hottest Show in Town
- The Hottest Tickets in Town
- In the Director's Chair
- In the Limelight
- In the Spotlight
- It's Showtime at the Apollo
- It's Showtime Folks!
- It's Time to Dress Up Right
- It's Time to Play the Music
- It's Time to Put on Makeup
- It's Time to Light the Lights
- Lights, Camera, Action
- Little Miss Broadway
- Ready Set Action
- Remember Me to Herald Square
- Show Girls
- The Show Must Go On
- Stage Fright
- Standing Room Only
- A Star is Born
- Star of the Show
- Taking Center Stage
- That's Entertainment?
- That's Entertainment!
- That's Show Biz
- Theater of the Absurd
- There are no Small Parts, Only Small Actors
- There's No Business Like Show Business
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Our Little Star
- Two Thumbs Up
Drama Behind the Scenes
She made her debut in the Halloween play
As a witch in the Dance of the Brooms.
In the Valentine's play, she had nothing to say
But she wore a headdress with plumes.
As a tulip in May, she wore papier-mâché
And sang with a chorus of 'blooms'.
For the ten-minute total she went on display,
I spent seven months making costumes.
Timing is Everything!
Child to mother at breakfast table: "I need a colonial costume for school today."
Mother: "What?! But your bus leaves in five minutes! When didn't you tell me last night?"
Child: "I didn't need it last night."
Mat a photo on black paper leaving a fairly wide edge around the photo. With a small circle paper punch make an equal number of white, yellow and gold circles. Alternate the circles in color order from light to dark repeating around the photos on the black mat. It will give the effect of blinking lights.
- To make a title for a page with photos of any type of program (dance, music, school play, etc) cut a ticket shape from paper. Use the deckle cutter to make the ends look like they were torn off. Write the title on the paper.
- Scan and print the graphics used on the programs.
- Put strips of paper on the outside edges of a two page spread and a scalloped strip across the top with lines drawn on the paper so it gives the appearance of a stage curtain. Silhouette crop some photos and mat on yellow circles. Add yellow line drawn from a point at the top or bottom to give the appearance of spot lights. You can use the spotlight affect even if you don't silhouette the photos. Just circle cut and mat the photos on yellow and scatter them on the page with lines going to points around the edge.
- Mount rectangular photos on mats shaped like tickets. Trim the narrow edges with a raggedy scissor of some kind.
- Use footprint punches or cut shapes like shoe prints and put them on the page in the shape of dance steps with numbers and lines.
An album for a School Musical or Other Program
(This can be adapted to any kind of program.)
The musical our elementary school does every year is a Revue--each grade does its own musical number with dancing. There are skits done by fifth graders between each act. The show starts with the fifth graders standing on stage and they and the others sing while the K through 4's, grade by grade, walk up one aisle, climb the stairs, cross the stage and go down the other stairs and back out. They wave as they cross the stage.
This year I had two children in the Revue. I decided to make an album for each of the directors. They put so much time into it and our kids got so much out of it.
I saved the rehearsal schedule, parent helping schedule, lyric sheets, the program from the performance and the write-ups in the papers. I made copies of everything.
I took pictures of a rehearsal with the director in view. My best pictures I took at the dress rehearsal--I could shoot from all over the auditorium without an audience getting annoyed. I got pictures of the parents helping with costumes and putting on make-up backstage and kids waiting to go on stage. I also took pictures of the children sitting down waiting for their turn to go on, during the performance they did for the school. One of my favorite pictures is of the principal introducing the show to the school assembly. And I took a lot of pictures during the show.
For our Hello Dolly program, the layouts are simple, using red, black and metallic design line stickers, musical notes, top hats and roses stickers and black, dark green and red paper. Here's my outline and "script" that could easily be modified:
- Title Page - Pictures of the act on stage, with everybody in view, just after the curtain rose, and of the "marquee" outside, built for the occasion. Black pen: The Revue 1999
- Second page: Rehearsal schedule backed with paper. (May need to reduce).
- Page 3 (facing): Pictures of rehearsal, with this journaling: "We rehearsed. And we rehearsed. And we rehearsed some more. [For this group I added: "We even had an extra rehearsal AFTER our big dress rehearsal.]"
- Page 4: More pictures of rehearsal, and the words, "And while we rehearsed every week, Joey's mommy, Suzie Smith, and Mary's mommy, Sally Jones, designed and sewed our spectacular costumes. All of our parents helped with a rehearsal or on the performance nights."
- Page 5: Copy of parent helper schedule.
- Page 6: Photos of putting on costumes and make-up with this writing: "The day we were waiting for finally came and we all got ready to perform for the whole school."
- Pages 7 and 8: More photos of getting ready.
- Page 9: Photos of group, all dressed, waiting for the program to begin, and a photo of the principal. Journaling: "When everyone was seated in the auditorium, our principal, Mrs. Daniels, introduced the show."
- Pages 10 and 11: Photos of opening procession. "With the fifth graders on stage leading us all in "There's No Business Like Show Business!" each grade, starting from the kindergarten and going up to the fourth grade, marched across the stage."
- Pages 12 and 13: Pictures of group seated and in costume, watching other acts. And photos of other acts. Journaling: "Then we sat down and watched the rest of the show, until it was turn for our act."
- Page 14: Photo of lining up outside, backstage. "At last, it was time to get ready to go on stage. We waited quietly outside for the word."
- Page 15: Photo of curtain opened and children standing, just before they started to sing. "The curtain opened and we all sang, as loudly as we could: 'Hello Dolly!'"
- Pages 16-23: Photos of the performance using lines of the song for page toppers.
- Pages 24 and 25: Photos of director waving the children to the front of the stage to take a bow, and of the children bowing, and of the curtain closing.
- Page 26: Typed handout of the lyrics.
- Page 27: Picture of all performers in the Hello Dolly act, in costume (taken right before they went out). Page topper: "Thank you Mrs. Williams, from all of us." Lots of room below for kids to sign their names. I'm having all the children sign the book, on a page with a picture featuring them, or on the last page.
- Page 28: Copy of program, and then a portrait sleeve with copies of local paper articles.
- Pages 29-30: Ruled pages for parents to add notes of their own.
It was an easy album to do, and fun!
Added note: I used a combination of Border Tips from an old layout book and the Wavy Ruler Fast Formula to do corner borders for my son's album (12 x 12). Used red pen for the square corner and black for the wavy over it. Put a red rose at the end of each black wavy line, a top hat in the corner, then put bow tie, musical notes and metallic confetti along the line. Works best to put the little stickers near where the wavy line crosses the straight line. Also, used a pen to put little dots near each small sticker. Used journaling and some red paper. Did the corner stuff on left top and lower right of two-pages spreads. (Mama Bear)