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Top 5 Musical Theatre Songs for Dance


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Have a summer workshop coming up? Looking to make sure your playlist has the hits people expect? Fear not! Here is my list of Top 5 Musical Theatre Songs to have you dancing like you're from the golden era!


1. There's No Business Like Show Business

I won't pretend this is a new revelation for any of you -- but I do think we all need a reminder sometimes of how great this song actually is. It's a fantastic tempo for all levels of dancing, and great for tap - clever lyrics, good dance breaks, and upbeat!


2. The Trolley Song

A song that makes you want to slip on your character shoes and dance around St. Louis! Perfect for an ensemble or a solo piece, this song features steady, drumming rhythms, fun onomatopoeia-filled lyrics. Consider some high-heeled tap shoes for this number, too! If you're a Chattanooga Choo-Choo fan, you'll love this one.


3. The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing

Yes, I know this one is from White Christmas, but it's perfect for all seasons! A romantic, swaying piece perfect for a couple's duet. Pair it with ballroom, jazz, or tap, and you're sure to have a hit!


4. Don't Rain on My Parade

Perfect for that show-stopping big number, feature your soloist with this number! Have a student that can do it all? Give her this singing and dancing solo to stretch her skills to the max!


5. Singin' in the Rain

Feature your best tappers with this classic icon of a song. Gene Kelly made waves with this innovative number, and now it's your turn to put your own spin on it! It's not too fast, so you really can play around with intricate tap sounds and rhythms. Add raincoats and umbrellas as a prop to finish it off!



Did I miss your favorite? What do you think of when you hear "best musical theatre dance number?" Drop me a comment and let me know!

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