The Ultimate Dance Recess Playlist

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There is one area of dancing I can speak to, however, and that is the dance recess. Those of you who are regular readers may remember this term from a few weeks ago, when I included Linda Barsi’s “How to Take a Dance Recess” video in my vlogger round-up. And while I have to give Linda credit for the name, I’ve been a proponent of the dance recess since my mom lent me her iTouch at age 9 (#nostalgia). Whenever I need to unwind from long day, want a quick study break, or just need to let loose for a few minutes, I love plugging in my head phones and getting down Meredith and Cristina style. Eager for a dance recess of your own? Scroll below for my top ten tunes for getting my inner back-up dancer out…in the sanctity of my own room, of course. 😉

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+ “Cheap Thrills” – Sia +

I’m all about this song, except for one small inaccuracy: In order to have fun jamming to Sia’s new album, I have to put aside my frugalness and cough up the dollar bills on iTunes.

 + “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya +

Think of this as a poppy but stern pep talk to yourself. You know you’re capable of everything, it’s just a matter of following through.

+ “Young Dumb and In Love” – Mat Kearney +

This song is upbeat and fun for when your riding high or need a boost to pull you out of a funk.

+ “Never Forget You” – Zara Larsson & MNEK +

Just like Sara and MNEK will never forget each other, I will never forget to put this song on when I need a good dance sesh. Trendy summer songs may come and go, but this one will always be by my side.

+ “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele +

Think of this Adele anthem as an invitation to pretend to wag your finger at all the nonsense in your life. Sounds weird, I know, but it works.

+ The entire album of Hamilton +

If you haven’t listened already you a) live in a cave in Antarctica (can I come visit?) and b) should fix that, like right now. Pretty much every song is dance-recess work, but I personally prefer the opening number, “My Shot,” and “The Schuyler Sisters” #work.

+ “C’est La Vie” – Khaled +

No, not that Khaled. This is a fun dance club-y tune I came across in France last year that’s perfect for when you just need to let it all go.

+ “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift +

Say what you will about T-Swift, but a good “Shake It Off” dance party is one of the best remedies after a long day.

+ “Effortless” by Sabina Ddumba +

This song, which I found on Soundcloud, is perfect for reminding yourself that, regardless of ups and downs, life is a pretty magical thing.

+ “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine +

Confession: This is the only Florence song I’ve listened to. Ever. Does the fact that I jam to this in my room at least three times a week make up for that? LMK.

What’s your go-to dance recess playlist? Leave your recommendations in the comment below!


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