Moving In The 60's

Recognize and replicate the authentic choreography created by a unique culture of people during the 60's that is still replicated today.


1.LD-Q.3. Describe familiar objects, people, and events and their attributes with specific words and phrases.


DC Hand Dance Connection


DCHD began in the mid-1950s.  DCHD was going on before American Bandstand (Philadelphia, PA), the Milt Grant Show (D.C.) and the Buddy Dean Show (Baltimore, MD) were televised.  When these shows were on TV, we would dance along with the dancers (at home) if we couldn’t go ourselves. Regional dancers from DC, began this version of hand dance (Bop).  DCHD is time-period and regional specific. It is also specific to the enthusiastic pre-teens of yesterday and today who love to dance.  We are still going strong!

Temptations “My Girl” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8

"My Girl" is a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label which became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was featured on the Temptations album The Temptations Sing Smokey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Temptations

Warm Up

Review current line dances that your students are familiar with. Have some students demonstrate.

New Material

Native Washingtonian volunteers that can BOP with the students.


1.Use the following resources to learn the history of the DC Bop

2.Have DC Native people come in to share and teach small groups of students at a time.

3.Have the students complete a reflection in their Writing Journals to share their personal experiences with specific dance movements and compare this class to current trends in dancing today Electric Slide; Cha Cha Slide, Wobble etc…


Identify and demonstrate the DC Bop.

Closure and Reflection

Discuss contemporary dances that reflect the unique culture you are a part of.