110615

The best way to boogie is with the family!

Thanks to both the burgeoning world of independent kids' (kindie) music from amazing bands like The Pop Ups, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Recess Monkey and Shine & the Moonbeams, AND to Top 40 earworms from popular animated movies (yes, we’re still singing “Happy,” too), it has never been easier to have an epic family dance party in the comfort of your own home.

Get ready to dance like no one is watching...or everyone is watching if you choose to broadcast your dance party live on Facebook so Aunt Sally and Grandpop can join in the fun from thousands of miles away!

Here’s exactly what you’ll need to stage a memorable day or night of dancing at home with your kids.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, your recipe for an epic family dance party — from food to music to clean up:

Step 1: Equip with a Killer Soundtrack
Every epic dance party hinges on a killer soundtrack (I mean, obviously!) that ebbs and flows, builds excitement and then brings you down gradually to conserve your energy. I recommend starting with the Spotify Family Party Mix I created just for you and your kids! This 60 minutes of indie kids' music is perfect for dancing, throwing arms in the air and waving them like no one cares, doing the jitterbug, shaking it like a Polaroid, channeling your inner Lord of the Dance, and laughing hysterically together as a family.

Step 2: Step Up Your Food Game
The right food and drink is essential for an epic family dance party because sweat will start dripping as you move-it move-it. You will need to replenish to maintain your high energy throughout the dance party. At the same time, you don’t want to waste too much time chewing or fumbling with clunky drinkware while getting your family-friendly groove on. Pirate’s Booty proves the ideal food to munch while dancing because, well, “booty” is in the title and that will be a-shakin’ and the choking hazard risk on those melt-in-your-mouth cheesy treats is very low. So fill up a big bowl of booty and keep it within reach as you teach your kids how to do the sprinkler.

Step 3: Prep the Boogie Zone
Leave the grape juice and other colorful beverages in the fridge and opt instead for simple drinks for your dance party. Keep reusable water bottles nearby with lids on in case your wild mid-’80s punk rock dance moves like “picking up change” and the kiddie mosh pit get too rambunctious. You don’t want any spilled milk to cry over, although you’ll have your canister of Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes to handle any dance-related messes.

Step 4: Keep the Spotlight on the Dance Floor
Because all dance parties, even the most epic ones, have to end eventually, be sure use your phone to record some embarrassing video of you and your kids getting down. After everyone crashes as the final note of the music drifts away, wipe away the sweat, snuggle up together and relive the fun.

Step 5: Honor Thy Dance Moves
Finally, as you rewatch party footage, hand out awards for the most ridiculous, ambitious, old school and creative dance moves.

As David Bowie would say, “Let’s Dance”!

HTBAD is a paid contributor to Clorox’s SpinCycle, helping you navigate the messiness of parenthood.