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The 12 Days of Dance Teacher Christmas

Here's "The Twelve Days of Christmas" dance teacher style! Try your hand at writing your own lyrics to the song, and share it over on our Facebook page.

You may even want to sing this at your studio's holiday party this year—it's a smash, if we do say so ourselves 💁.

You're welcome!


On the first day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Students who are never tardy.

On the second day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the third day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Three perfect pirouettes, two pointed feet
And students who are never tardy.

On the fourth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the fifth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the sixth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the seventh day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the eighth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the ninth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the tenth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Eleven battements lifting,
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my dancers gave to me
Twelve hugs and thank yous, eleven battements lifting,
Ten men a leaping, nine ladies waltzing,
Eight pins a holding, seven costumes sparkling,
Six teams a stretching, five clean formations,
Four grounded pliés, three perfect pirouettes,
Two pointed feet and students who are never tardy.

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