The way things work these days, you can learn anything on Youtube. Whether it is painting, cooking, or singing, there are countless Youtube videos teaching you how to do something. Of course, there are countless videos that claim to teach you how to dance as well, but it becomes quite a task to find YouTubers who make quality videos.
What’s even more difficult is to find videos that you can show to your kids, and which keep them entertained enough to want to watch and follow the instructions. Unlike cooking or painting, dancing is a very physical activity that needs to be done the right way in order to keep children engaged and interested in wanting to learn more with each tutorial. There are a couple of them who do it right –
With 1.8 million subscribers, Deepak Tulsyan’s YouTube channel has followers from all over the world. And the best part is Deepak regularly updates his channel with new videos with tutorials for kids and dance routines with his young students. If your kids like Bollywood music, they’re in for a treat! He has tons of routines for popular Indian songs that are easy to learn.
If you’ve watched any Bollywood movie after 2000, you’ve most probably seen Ruel’s choreography! One of India’s leading hip-hop dancers, Ruel has worked extensively with top Bollywood directors and actors. Originally from the Philippines, Ruel is credited with introducing Hip hop to India, and to Bollywood 20 years ago. What distinguishes hip-hop from other dance forms is its “freestyle” (improvisational) nature that allows kids to discover different ways of moving. It was his stint on Sony Entertainment’s first season of Super Dancer that made him a household name for helping 9-year-old Ditya to victory. His unique style and down-to-earth nature, and his patience with young learners means he understands how to break down steps and teach students the spectrum of hip-hop from old-school to new age styles.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
This Minnesota duo creates dance-along videos with live music that adds to the fun! On their channel, Bryan and Neil have some of the best dance-along songs that are super-easy to do and a whole lot of fun for kids to follow. College friends, the duo are also a band, and started performing for kids when they were approached by parents to be part of birthday party entertainment. Since then, they’ve amassed more than 100,000 subscribers, and have earned the praise of teachers around the globe for creating content that get kids moving. Adults may turn up their noses at the titles of a few of their videos, but kids love ‘em!
Zumba with Dovydas
If you thought Zumba was just a fad, ask any kid who’s seen Dovydas’ videos and they’ll tell you that it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done. A professional Zumba trainer based in Lithuania, Dovydas has a number of tutorials and videos designed specifically for kids to stay fit while having fun. His videos also make for great dance routines for popular songs.
KidBoomers create delightful animated videos, designed to promote action based learning through song and dance. While the content is aimed at a younger audience, with videos that teach kids good habits like brushing teeth, washing hands, and learning colours, it is a great place to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to dance and movement.
The Learning Station
While this channel focuses more on songs and nursery rhymes, The Learning Station couples simple dance steps with their songs that make for a great singing and dancing experience for kids. They have over 300 videos so there’s no dearth of foot tapping merriment for your kids whenever they want to shake a leg.
Samantha Camerota started dancing at the age of two, and never stopped! It’s no surprise that she’s now one of the most well known dancers making dance tutorials for kids on YouTube. Her channel has a number of tutorials for toddlers, so you can introduce your little ones to dancing from a very young age. She regularly uploads dancing routines, and to make it even more fun, many of them are themed after popular cartoons and movies like The Lion King, Frozen, and Aladdin.
This list would be incomplete without Matt Steffanina! With 11.9 million YouTube subscribers, he shares regular updates with new routines. He also has a lot of videos of him dancing with his students, some of who are as young as six! Needless to say, his YoTube channel is a must watch, whether it’s to learn a new routine or even just to check out Matt’s amazing dancing skills.