Monday, February 24, 2020

A New Approach to Young Life Club Music: Just Dance Videos


Finding the right songs for club is a challenge for most Young Life leaders. It can be hard because we want to make sure all of our middle, high school, and college friends are seen and heard. I lead for a high school that is super diverse, so finding songs that are inclusive to all of our friends can be quite difficult. In an effort to make more kids feel welcomed, we thought we'd try something new. 

At the beginning of fall semester, my team decided that we wanted to somehow incorporate music back into our clubs. We weren't sure where to start, because music had not been apart of our clubs for a long time. A suggestion of "Just Dance" was thrown on the table, and we decided to give it a shot. We thought that Just Dance would be a great idea because it would be a fun and energetic way to get all of our students involved. 

Just Dance allows students to enjoy expressing themselves through dancing. It's also an easy tool because we pull up YouTube from the laptop and projector and search Just Dance videos, so no actual gaming system is even needed! 

Our kids have absolutely loved the idea of playing a few Just Dance videos at the end of club before the talk. Sometimes it's the very first thing we do and it's a super fun way that I am able to connect with my high school friends. Dancing is something that most of our students enjoy, so it is really fun to dance alongside them in an environment that they love and cherish. We sometimes even let our friends pick the song (if it is clean of course!). 

The two songs we use most:


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Written by Kari Napier.

Kari is a Young Life leader at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

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