Mexican Hat Dance - Step by Step

silhouette of kids dancing to the Mexican Hat Dance

The Mexican Hat Dance is bound to liven up any Fiesta Party Theme so get the music going and let's get dancing.

If you can count to 4 then you can do the Mexican dance!

 Basically you need to get your body into the rhythm of counting 1,2,3,4 and then using the instructions below just go with the beat, speeding up your movements as the tempo increases. You can do the dance alone or with a partner.

Mexican Hat Dance Steps

Step 1:

On the count of '1': Fold your Left (L) arm across your stomach. Place your Right (R) elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.

On the count of '2': Fold your R arm across your stomach. Place your L elbow on your R hand keeping your L hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your L hand back at the same time as putting your L heel out in front of you.

On the count of '3': Fold your L arm across your stomach. Place your R elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'Hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.

On the count of 'and 4': Clap 2 times - quickly!

Start again repeating the counts 1 - 4 for a total of 7 times.

Step 2:

Now the music changes:

On the count of '1': Clap
On the count of '2': Clap
On the count of '3: Clap
On the count of '4': Clap and raise your arms high and shout "OLÉ" (pronounced oh-lay and means hooray in Spanish).

Repeat the sequence  three times.

Step 3:

The music starts again from the beginning, so repeat Step 1,  4 times.

Step 4:

Now the music becomes faster. Hold hands with all the dancers to form a circle and move quickly around in a side step fashion.

And that's it!

Now of course this will make more sense when you actually do it to music. So if you don't have the song, you can download it from KidSongs.com. They also have a great selection of other kids songs as well.

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