Teaching Tips

10 Holiday Songs From 2019 to Set Combos to This Month

2019 has been rife with fantastic holiday songs that are simply BEGGING to be choreographed to. From Pentatonix to Kacey Musgraves, these bangers are the perfect match for your upcoming holiday-themed jazz class. Use each song for different elements of class (warm-up, across the floor, combo, etc.), or have your students get in groups and assign each one a different song from the list to choreograph to. The options are endless, but the general feeling of joy will be the same.

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1. "A Hand For Mrs. Claus": Idina Menzel ft. Ariana Grande

Idina Menzel - A Hand For Mrs. Claus (Visualizer) ft. Ariana Grande www.youtube.com

2. "Baby, It's Cold Outside": John Legend and Kelly Clarkson

John Legend - Baby, It's Cold Outside (Official Audio) ft. Kelly Clarkson www.youtube.com

3. "Like It's Christmas": Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers - Like It's Christmas (Audio) www.youtube.com

4. "Christmas Tree Farm": Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Christmas Tree Farm www.youtube.com

5. "Make It To Christmas": Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara - Make It To Christmas (Audio) www.youtube.com

6. "Glittery": Kacey Musgraves

Glittery (From The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show / Audio) www.youtube.com

7. "One I've Been Missing": Little Mix

Little Mix - One I've Been Missing (Official Video) www.youtube.com

8. "Love You More at Christmas Time": Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland - Love You More at Christmas Time www.youtube.com

9. "Christmas in New York": Lea Michele

Christmas in New York www.youtube.com

10. "All I Want (For Christmas)": Liam Payne

All I Want (For Christmas) www.youtube.com

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