Participation dance (also group-participation dance or audience participation dance) is a major class of dance that encourages dancing in a group. It includes social games based on dancing, for example at weddings, festivals and other social gatherings. Some have simple words to be sung to the music, which may act as a reminder of the steps - one example is the Hokey-cokey. Some consist of a few simple steps learned either from simple instructions given by a leader or from watching others. Examples are Electric Slide, Macarena, YMCA, and the Chicken Dance.
Participation dance games may have elimination rules that disqualify a dancer or dancers, due to lack of endurance, entering a particular part of the floor, or being of a specific age. Well-known examples are statues and musical chairs.
In "follow the leader" dances a designated leader makes some motions which the rest repeat, in some cases in a chain or a file. Examples are Conga line, Bunny Hop and Finnish dance Letkajenkka, a dance craze in Europe during the 1960s adapted from the Madison, Conga and Bunny Hop dances and played to a Finnish traditional folk dance song.
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- Jamming (dance)
- Jack and Jill (dance)