Step Lively 1: Dances for Schools and Families

Themes & Variations


Step Lively 1 by Marion Rose is a lively collection of 13 tunes and 20 time-tested dances from traditions such as folk dancing, square dancing, contra dancing, and singing games.

All are suitable for classroom instruction (K-12), or for family-oriented events such as weddings, parties and festivals. Designed for use by non-professional dance leaders, Step Lively features charming illustrations and clear, explicit instructions.

Especially useful are sample programs for community dance events and a section for teachers on expanding dance into other curriculum areas. Musical notation included for seven of the dances.

The CD is a delightfully fresh recording of traditional tunes featuring a roster of well-known West Coast musicians including co-producer Paul Gitlitz, (Juno-award winner for his work with Charlotte Diamond), Calvin Cairns (Cirque du Soleil, String Band, Romaniacs), Mike Schway (Chuckanotes), Tobin Frank (Spirit of the West), and Carmen Rosen (Zeellia, Elekra Women's Choir).

Resource Index

  • Kinderpolka
  • Can’t Jump Josie
  • Seven Jumps
  • Oh Susannah
  • Ach Ja!
  • Bingo
  • Caimarusa
  • Sasha
  • Ozark Rag
  • Alphabet Soup
  • Grand March
  • Rick’s Mixer
  • Blobs
  • Virginia Reel
  • Trains
  • Weaver’s Glopede
  • Alice Lake
  • Sanita Hill Circle
  • Northern Friends
  • Barn Dance
  • Family Waltz

 "Step Lively is one of my favorite resources for its excellent music, clear instructions, and irreverent humor." 

-- Sanna Longden, folk dance specialist --

"All you need is Step Lively and a group of people to have a great party"
-- June Cannon, dance caller, Hornby Island --

"I love how teacher-friendly your book is - we've had so much fun using it in our classroom!" 
-- Pam Demontigny, Montessori teacher, Prince George --

"Step Lively is the in thing here. One school even pipes the music outside to the playground and lets all the kids dance unsupervised."
-- Carolyn Hatch, fiddle instructor, Creston --