Week 8: Dance Dance Revolution

Good Grief and Family Camp at Home: Summer Program
July 6 - August 28, 2020

Week 8: Dance Dance Revolution

Good Grief and Family Camp at Home: Summer Program
July 6 - August 28, 2020

penguin in hula skirt

Week 8: Dance Dance Revolution

At our TAPS Good Grief and Family Camp at Home you will have a chance to experience the wonderful activities we perform at our campouts, to get connected with your family through challenges, and to engage with others by sharing your challenge experience on social media, and coming together for a live Zoom chat and activity with your TAPS family!

Throughout our time at camp, we learned there is a time to weep, a time to honor, and a time to be happy and share that happiness. And this week is a time to DANCE!!! Get ready to flow through the twists and turns of music and movement. We'll learn how to spin through the decades, learn how food and music inspired us to shake it, and learn how to rest our bodies after all that dancing! "There's nothing left for us to do but dance!"

Welcome to Camp Video | Share with UsCamp Activities | Activity Booklet | Family Challenge | Zoom Chat | Parents and Guardians


Welcome to Dance Dance Revolution




Introduction to our week at camp is provided by TAPS Group Leader and Mentor SFC Daniel Davenport, who serves in the U.S. Army. Daniel has been a long time volunteer with TAPS Youth Programs, bringing the beat, the moves, and the fun wherever he goes! We are excited to have Daniel lead us into our dance dance revolution week!

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Share your Adventure

We would love to see pictures of your family at the Good Grief and Family Camp at Home. Please submit to Youthprograms@taps.org and we will feature them in our highlights photo album.

Parmer family

Horne family - flat mentor

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Activity Videos

Our group leaders have created some amazing and fun activities for you to do anytime from home!

Set Your Intentions (ages 6 and up)

It is always good practice to get your mind and body relaxed before and after you dance. To prepare to dance and to calm our bodies after dancing, let’s follow along with these mindful exercises!


Welcome: Set Your Intentions


Video One: Do before dancing. As you breathe, we encourage you to set your intention with your dance.


Video Two: Do after dancing. As you breathe, we encourage you to find something to be grateful for within dance and music!

Activity Created/Presented by: Elizabeth Rhoten

Supplies Needed:
Something to write with and a note card or paper, envelope, and a stamp

Set Your Intentions (PDF)

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Activity Booklet

We know this summer can get very busy with computer assignments or dance classes, or connecting with relatives who live far away. So we created this booklet filled with fun activities that anyone can do and from anywhere. Maybe outside under the shade of a tree, or in your room during a raining day. We know you will have fun with this activity booklet, from the crossword puzzle to the additional recipes and challenges, it is something the whole family can enjoy!

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Family Challenge

Choreograph a Family Dance!

Create a family dance by choreographing a new dance or remix classic moves from this week's activity booklet under Dance through the Decades. Then host a family dance off!

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Use iconic moves such as the Robot, the Twist, Hammer Time, the Macarena, the Floss or the Renegade to inspire your new moves.

Do you like to mix and match? Try fusing the Moonwalk with the Running Man, this smooth footwork is sure to bring everyone laughs and smiles. Remixing any iconic dance while adding new steps to showcase your choreography talents is sure to excite those in the room!

There are also many line dances that are fun and easy to learn the whole family can enjoy, try any or all of these classics Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Y.M.C.A, Copperhead Road and Footloose.

Fulfill this family challenge by recording your own dance video showcasing your new dance moves. Wearing TAPS gear and bringing your Flatmentor is highly encouraged!

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Parents and Guardians

Family Dinner Night!  Did you know there are many dances named after food? Can you mashed potato, or do the funky chicken? Whisk your way into the foods that inspired new moves, and made dance a way to celebrate dinner!
The Dance:
“You raise the left arm up
And your right arm too
Let me tell you just what to do
Start both of 'em to flapping
You start your feet to kicking
That's when you know
You doin' the funky chicken”
By: Rufus Thomas
The Dance:
“A Mashed potato started long time ago
With a guy named Sloppy Joe
You'll find this dance is so cool to do
Come on baby, gonna teach it to you”
By Dee Dee Sharp

Mash Potato Dance: Stand feet together, then take a step back with one foot and tilt heel inward. Be sure to balance on the foot in front as you then swivel your heel back and slightly outward. Bring back foot to start. Then you repeat with the other foot, stepping behind and heel goes in then out. Continue this pattern. Have fun with the arms!!

Table Topics:

  • Which decade has the best dances and why?
  • What is a good memory you have of dancing?
  • If you created a dance move, what would it look like and what would you call it?
  • What was your favorite part or activity of the TAPS Good Grief and Family Camp at Home?

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Zoom Chat

This session will be on Thursday at 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Eastern time zone. Zoom link will be emailed to those registered for camp.


Come one come all to this week's Zoom chat. As we close out our time together during the summer camp, we will celebrate through dance with our families, mentors, and group leaders! Bring your smiles and get ready to move and grove!

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