Dance around the world

Dance around the world

Discover international folk dance with your campers!

Target: Counselors
Time frame: 30 to 60 minutes
Members: Everyone
Type of tool: Activities
Ages: 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-12 years, 13 and Over
Group size: More than one group, Whole camp
Value: 15   Free
Physical activity Healthy Habits


The Dance around the World tool features three folk dances from South Africa, India and the Philippines. With new rhythms and sounds, international folk dance opens a window on the cultures of other countries in the world. 


  • Basic motor skills (e.g. jumping, chasing, etc.) 
  • Intercultural knowledge 


Special thanks to the Philippine Folkloric Dance Compagny of Montreal and Jill Otter, Bhangra artist and teacher from Quebec City for proofreading the content of these documents. 

Special thanks to the Sainte-Geneviève Day Camp, the Claude-Allard Day Camp, the La Clémentine Day Camp and the Chicoutimi Day Camp for testing and approving this activity! 


The Dance Around the World tool focuses on a progressive and playful approach to get every kid to move at various intensities while practicing their basic motor skills at their pace. It aims to allow each young person to express themselves through their movements.

Required material(s)

Bhangra dance 

  • Radio / Speakers (optional)

Gumboot dance

  • Rubber boots (optional)

Tinikling dance

  • Radio / Speakers (optional)
  • 2 wooden boards (2 in. x 4 in.) measuring about two feet (60 cm)
    in length per team
  • 2 bamboo poles or 2 PVC pipes or a large closed elastic band
    (2 m to 6 m) per team

Video(s) to view