There are so many instances when songs related to dancing are brought forth in a music therapy session. Perhaps you are using the song to motivate movement towards physical goals and specific motor skills. Or perhaps, you are working with an older adult who used to go out dancing with their loved one every Saturday night! Whatever the clinical application, I hope you find these songs helpful to add to your repertoire!
1. Tennessee Waltz - Patsy Cline
Lyric: I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz Now I know just how much I have lost Yes, I lost my little darling the night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz
2. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Lyric: Loose, footloose Kick off your Sunday shoes Please, Louise Pull me offa' my knees Jack, get back C'mon before we crack Lose your blues Everybody cut footloose
3. Sway - Dean Martin
Lyric: Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me
4. Could I Have this Dance - Anne Murray
Lyric: Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
5. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Lyric: I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can't take my eyes up off it, movin' so phenomenally