The Goal of Six Count:

To have an individual or team work together to a full six count.


When first seen, this gets a lot of ooh’s and aaahh’s, but only if you can pull it off yourself. Six Count is one of those activities you do first and see if they can follow. It is recommended to only show them once.

If you can’t do the following, then ask for a volunteer. It makes it more fun anyway!

If you choose to go with the volunteer, select one from the group. Instruct the volunteer that you are going to test them on team coordination. The test is simple. First, let them know that his or her right arm will be placed in only two positions – either straight up by the ear or straight down by your waist. The left arm will be in three positions, straight up by their ear, out to the side like an airplane wing or straight down by the side. When instructed he or she will move his or her arms to the corresponding positions on each beat, from one to six.

Left / Right
1. Up 1. Up
2. Side 2. Down
3. Down 3. Up
4. Up 4. Down
5. Side 5. Up
6. Down 6. Down

Both the left and the right arms have to move at the same time with each count. As the laughter settles down have everyone try. Once done with practicing, ask for six volunteers to come to the front and demonstrate for everyone.


After everyone has had a turn in practicing, have everyone go back a form teams of six and have them come up with their most creative form of six count.


Make sure that everyone has room enough to move around with arms fully extended.