5th graders learned a Russian folk dance called "Sasha" in music this week. Despite some initial eye rolls and grumbling, they embraced this dance and had a blast. I love to start class with movement that encourages partner work, develops sequencing and planning skills and gets students laughing and moving! This style of dance is called a "mixer" because the partners change after each repetition of dance steps. This allows for students to have many different partners that change quickly and places the focus on the inclusive sense of community in a large group dance.