- Participants stand in a circle.
- First, have the group practice a clap rhythm that is hands together-hands to people on each side. This is a basic 4/4 time clap to start.
- The leader demonstrates the lines of the chant (indicated in BOLD print) and the movement/movement and words that follows each.
- Participants start with and return to the hands together-hands to each side rhythm after each movement.
We got the rhythm of the hands
(CLAP CLAP CLAP)
We got the rhythm of the feet
(STOMP STOMP STOMP) (right foot -left foot -right foot)
We got the rhythm of the eyes
(lift fists by eyes, open hands as if fingers are eyelashes) -WHOO!
We got the rhythm of the hips-
(hands on hips – SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE) (right hip-left hip-right hip-left hip-right hip-left hip) – one, two, one two three four
- After demonstrating, do the whole sequence with the group twice, monitoring their progress.
- Once everyone “has it,” let the group know that they’re going to repeat the chant, going faster each time.
- Start the chant.
- When you get to the last line, start the chant again.
- With each repetition, speed up the rhythm a bit.
- Once the chant becomes impossibly fast, everyone applauds their valiant effort.