Friendship Dance


Physical: balance, teamwork, gross motor coordination

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, auditory processing

Social: awareness of personal space if doing with other children

Number of participants:

5 or more


drum or recorded Mi`kmaq music


  1. children hold hands in a circle and move in a clockwise motion
  2. take three steps forward and one step back while listening to music


A traditional Mi’kmaq dance performed during special occasions.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task: have the child follow the coach’s movement in the circle to decrease cognitive demand

Change the environment: ask children not to hold hands  during the activity to decrease sensory demand

Change the equipment: slow down the music or drumbeat to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the number of children to increase social demand

Change the equipment: increase the speed of the drum beat/music to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child is able to coordinate 3 steps forward and one step back, 4 out of 5 times when dancing with friends
  • I can dance with my friends and family

Video/image coming soon.