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On The Spot Dance Crew: Youth Group Games

Quick Overview:

We recently started doing these “On The Spot” segments and this one happened to be “Dace Crew”.  Here’s how it worked… At the very beginning of our program we asked for 2 teams of 4 contestants each that wanted to put together a 45 second dance routine and perform it 15 minutes later. Both teams took their music track, team color swag, and came back in 15 minutes. Both teams performed their dance routine and the crowd voted for who they thought was the best by cheering.

Supplies You’ll Need:

1. Team Color Swag. It’s up to you how much you put into swag. I went to Party City and bought a whole bunch of stuff like wigs, masks, jewelry, t-shirts, and bandanas. I think it adds to the experience, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

2. A 45 second music track. We put a 45 second clip onto CDs and gave each team a CD player so they could practice. If you’re looking for a good dance track, we recommend using something off of Family Force 5’s album Reanimated.

3. Space To Practice. You’ll need to send them out of your main area and into somewhere isolated so they can have an intense 15 minutes of practice together.


You’ll need to shop for your swag and also create a 45 second clip of a song ahead of time that both teams can have access to so they can practice to it.

Game Play:

Like I mentioned earlier, we just started doing these “On The Spot” segments and our students love them. So far we’ve done an “On The Spot Stand Up Comedian”, “On The Spot Rap Battle“, and now “On The Spot Dance Crew”. The basic idea is students only get 15 minutes to prepare their act, then they have to compete head to head with another student or team in front of everyone.

As soon as our program starts we introduced this game and asked for volunteers who wanted to compete. We needed 2 teams of 4 students each to make up the dance crews. We gave each dance crew some team color swag, a cd player with the 45 second track, told them to leave the room and put together a dance routine, and we would be back to get them in 15 minutes.

During those 15 minutes we played a different game with our students in our main room. After the 15 minutes was up we gathered the teams back into our main area and gave each team a chance to show us their moves. After each team performed we brought both teams on stage and let the crowd decide who the winner was.

The only thing I would do different next time is give each dance team an adult “coach”. They don’t even have to have dance experience, but at least they could help the students put together some basic choreography. We played this at both of our Sunday morning gatherings so we got to see 4 dance crews total and all of the routines could have benefited from a little coaching. It was still really fun and exciting, but the dance routines themselves needed some help.

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