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Mexican Hat Dance

Traditional music; Lyrics by Eric Litwin, Michael Levine & Yolanda Hernandez 


Lyrics:

You step & step & step, and then you clap your hands (3x)
You step & step & step around the Mexican hat;

Twirling & twirling around, I hope we don't fall to the ground
Twirling & twirling around, around the Mexican hat;
Twirling & twirling around, I hope we don't fall to the ground
Twirling & twirling around, around the Mexican hat;

And now we step to the middle, and then we step right back,
And now we step to the middle, around the Mexican hat
And now we step to the middle, and then we step right back,
And now we step to the middle, around the Mexican hat

Da un paso, un paso, un paso, y da dos palmadas (3x)
Da un paso, un paso, un paso alrededor del sombrero.

Twirling & twirling around, I hope we don't fall to the ground
Twirling & twirling around, around the Mexican hat;
Twirling & twirling around, I hope we don't fall to the ground
Twirling & twirling around, around the Mexican hat; 

And now we step to the middle, and then we step right back, 
And now we step to the middle, around the Mexican hat 
And now we step to the middle, and then we step right back, 
And now we step to the middle, around the Mexican hat 

You step & step & step, and then you clap your hands (3x) 
You step & step & step around the Mexican hat;

Coloring Page and Sheet Music:
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Activities:


Direction Dance:  
This is based on a traditional Mexican melody, also known as La Raspa. The group stands in a circle and takes three dramatic steps to the right on each beat, and then claps twice quickly on the “and of three” beat and on beat four. Do this 8 times during the first section. 

For the second section, take 4 steps towards the center of the circle, then 4 steps back out and repeat.

For the third section, simply twirl and have fun! You can also join hands with a partner and twirl together.


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