Inside: Baile viernes or dance in Spanish class. Get your Spanish class moving any day of the week with Spanish class brain breaks. Using dance to start class on Friday in Spanish class with ready to go slideshows and playlist with Spanish class dance songs.
Baile viernes was the 4th ever post on Mis Clases Locas, published on May 23, 2014 by Allison Wienhold. The original post has been updated over the years with new resources, ideas and expansion. Make sure to use #baileviernes if you post your classes doing this activity on social media & tag @mis.claseslocas.
What is baile viernes?
A favorite class routine for years has been baile viernes (dance Friday). Every day we start class with aPara Empezar bell ringer. Which is one of the only things I was glad I started right away my first year teaching. I created a Slideshow in advance with a task for students to complete including any of the following: reading and answering questions about a Spanish meme, video, teaser to a new topic, or review from the previous day’s lesson. Slowly I started implementing a certain activity for each day’s bell ringer. Update: You can now get my ready to go Google Slidesnewest Para Empezar for a year here.
Why dance in Spanish class?
My first year teaching my students’ favorite day of the week becamemúsica miércoles(music Wednesday), where they would watch the video of a current or classic song in Spanish. Check outthis blog post for playlists, slideshows, and more if you want to learn more.
I had a lot of very active classes who started wanting to dance to the songs, so I started playing videos with choreography instead of just music videos. Once it became a weekly event (the students named) baile viernes, it was the new favorite part of the week for many. (Yes, I know the name is not correct, but the students created it, I shared it in this blog post, and the name kind of took off, so it stuck. You can change the name if you would prefer).
What started with playing a music video during passing time, turned into using the videos in the middle of class to break up block schedule. Or with some classes, it would be a reward at the end of class, like a fun Friday, or homeroom dance time. I have found that my class was the only time some students got to get out of their seats all day, which is sad.
How do you do baile viernes?
Just play a Youtube dance video. That’s it!
I have found it works well to start the video right away in passing time. We dance right at the start of class on Friday and do a mix of Zumba, Just Dance, or other choreography videos we find on Youtube. (*Note I am not a certified Zumba instructor, but do enjoy taking classes and dancing in general).
How do you get students into baile viernes?
How do you get high schoolers to dance in class you ask? First and foremost as the teacher I am the example. I make a fool of myself learning the dances with them. Sometimes we tried a song and partway through the students decide they are over it. this is usually because it is too hard. So we quickly revert to one of their standby favorites, which varies by class.
I have had classes, or times in my career with groups who were never as into dancing, which is fine. But most classes come in excited and shouting baile viernes! Finally, I found it is a great way to get those Friday wiggles out at the beginning of class. This is especially important on game days and before long weekends.
baile viernes resources
- My Baile viernes playlist with tons of videos.
- All of my baile viernes resources
- If you want tons of options – Baile viernes bundle
- The newest videos –Baile viernes 2021
- A mix of real people & Just Dance –Baile viernes for a year.
- Mostly Just Dance –Baile viernes 2017.
- Mostly real people videos – Baile viernes 2.
- Real people videosBaile viernes.
- Baile viernes for middle school.
What if I teach French?
More Dance Resources & Blog Post
- Halloween Dances (Most in English)
- Winter Holiday Dances (Most in English)
- 5 Ways to Use Dance in any Classroom
Try it out and let me know how it goes!
More ways to Mix it up with Music
- **Try Hispanic Heritage Music Madness Fall Music Bracket usingHispanic Heritage Month #6 2021 or the growing Hispanic Heritage Month Song Bundle
- Or try aSpring March Music Bracket using thenew 2021 Music Bracket (for HS)or for Middle/Elementary SchoolMusic bracket for YOUNGER Spanish class 2021 or the growingMusic Brackets for Spanish Class – March Growing Bundle