Freeze Dance: Action Word Challenge K-6th

Follow along as Megan shares an activity that is fun for all families!

Begin by brainstorming a list of action words (or verbs) together. Write them all down. Choose a person to be the caller. The caller will be in charge of starting and stopping the music and calling out each action word for each round of freeze dance.


  1. In this activity, everyone moves as the specific action word that is called out (example: skipping) as the music plays.
  2. When the music stops, each player must freeze immediately and hold that position until the music begins again.
  3. If a player does not freeze immediately, s/he does 10 jumping jacks during the start of the next round and then rejoins the next movement.
  4. Change the action word each time the music replays!
    Examples of action words (verbs): K-2: run, chop, jump, walk, kick, mix, crawl, fly, shake, skip, swim, tip toe, spin. 3rd-6th: climb, paint, search, celebrate, exercise, sneak, swim, leap, spin, stretch

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Megan O’Brien is dancer/artist born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At a young age, she fell in love with movement and performance when she created impromptu shows to classic rock songs for her mom and dad. For 15 years Megan extensively trained at The Winner School in many different styles of dance. She continued her training at the University of Utah School of Dance on full scholarship and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Modern Dance. Throughout her training Megan has had the privilege to learn from and work with Danielle Agami (Ate9 Dance), LajaMartin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Company 605 (Vancouver), The Penguin Lady, and the Staatliche Ballettschule School located in Berlin, Germany. She has performed in works by LajaMartin, Michio Ito, Bill Evans, Lesley Telford, Stephen Koester, Nick Blaylock, and Sharee Lane. She is compelled to share her art and passion with the community through independent choreographic projects and through nurturing the growth of young artists by teaching at many local schools (K-12) and dance studios in Utah. This is her second season working with Repertory Dance Theatre.

RDT appreciates the generous funding provided by the Utah Legislature and the Utah Board of Education that help make our Arts-in-Education Programs possible in Utah’s Public Schools.

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