The Book of Song Dances


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The Book of Song Dances
First Steps in Music Series
Compiled by John Feierabend
120 pages
Grade 2 and up  

Dances accompanied by singing have been enjoyed by people of all ages for hundreds of years. These dances have served an important social function as people share the joy of synchronizing with others through their body, spirit, and voice.  

John Feierabend brings into one place an addictive collection of Song Dances that have their roots in our American heritage, as well as a few from other countries.  

Each dance is organized by type (single circle, double circle, square dances, etc.) and includes complete dancing directions. Melodies with lyrics are notated on the treble clef staff.  

This beautifully illustrated collection is for anyone looking to reclaim this great folk dance tradition, use great sons to teach musical concepts – or simply have a great time.  


Basic Dance Steps

Single Circle (no partner)

Single Circle (partners)

Double Circle (partners)


Four Couple Squares


   Songs by Title

   Songs by Category


A – C: Ach Ja, Ah Eu Entrei Na Rada (Ah! I Went on the Wheel), Alabama Gal, Amasee, Betty Larkin, Billy Billy, Bonavist’ Harbour, Bow Belinda, Brother Come and Dance, Brown Eyed Mary, Buffalo Gals, Captain Jinks, Cedar Swamp, Charlie’s Neat, Circle Right, Coats of Navy Blue, Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees, Come Let Us Be, Come to the Top


D – I: Down the River, Durham Reel, Eins Zwei Drei (One, Two, Three), Funga Alafia, Galway Piper, Gents to the Center, Goin’ Down to Cairo, Goin’ to Boston, Golden Ring, Great Big House, Hava Nagila (Let’s Rejoice), Heel and Toe, Hot Time in the Old Town, I Want to Be a Farmer, I’ve Been to Haarlem


J – P: Jimmy Crack Corn, John Kanaka, Jubilee, Katyushka, Lavender’s Blue, Miss Maggie, Noble Duke of York, Nobody’s Business, Oh How Lovely, Oh Susanna, Old Bald Eagle, Old Dan Tucker, Old Joe Clark, Paw-Paw Patch, Pig in the Parlor, Polly Wolly Doodle, Pop Goes the Weasel, Push the Business On


Q – Z: Red River Valley, Rig a Jig Jig, Sandy Land, Sent My Brown Jug, Shabbot Shalom (Peaceful Sabbath), Shaker Dance (A Shaker Song), Shoo Fly, Skip to My Lou, Sugar and Tea, Tea Rye Riley, There Were Four Skaters, Turkey in the Straw, Willowbee, Yankee Doodle, Your Best Liking


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