AUSSIE BUSH DANCE
MUSIC - HOME AMONG THE GUMTREES by Bullamakanka
Learn a fun bush dance while performing with a partner. Teach the children Chorus Actions and a variety of bush choreography to perform. Ask everyone to find a partner (“a friend”) OR place them in suitable pairs. Go through the Chorus Actions and other choreography for the verses without the music while clapping and counting. When ready to begin, start with some VERSE CHOREOGRAPHY, followed by the CHORUS ACTIONS.
VERSE CHOREOGRAPHY IDEAS
16 counts – (16 x gallops) Face partner holding hands and gallop around on the spot
16 counts – (8 x sways) Face partner holding hands and sway arms side to side
8 counts – (8 x claps) Clap both hands on the knees
8 counts – (4 x jump and claps) Clap own hands with a jump, turn and face a different direction every clap & jump
16 counts – (8 x sets of claps -1 x clap partner & 1 x clap own hands) Clap your partners hands, then alternate, clapping your own hands
16 counts – (16 x skips) Hold hands with a partner skip in a circle, travelling in the same direction OR without holding hands
16 counts – (8 x IN / 8 x OUT) Form a large circle and everyone march in to the middle and march back out
16 counts – (8 x claps / 16 skips) In a pair, CHILD ONE kneels and claps along, while CHILD TWO skips closely around CHILD ONE.
Make a tunnel using the arms connecting with fingertips. Take the children through the tunnel, adding them to the end of the tunnel to continue for the next couple. This will take some co-ordinating!
Give me a home Arms make roof over head joining at fingertips
Among the gum trees Hold arms up high, swaying like tree branches
With lots of plum trees Rub tummy, yummy, yummy!
A sheep Point one finger in the air
Or two, Point two fingers in the air
And a kangaroo Jump like a kangaroo with hands in front like paws
A clothesline out the back, Point thumbs to the back over shoulders
Veranda out the front, Wipe flat hands out to the sides in front of you
And an old rocking chair Back & forth rocking motion with body and hands