Musical Statues, also known as Freeze Dance, is a game where participants dance to music. When the music stops, they must freeze instantly and hold their pose until the music resumes. If they move or fall, they’re out!

Setup and Equipment


  1. Clear the chosen space of any obstacles to avoid accidents.
  2. Designate someone to control the music or set up a playlist with intermittent pauses.


  1. A music player (could be a smartphone, stereo, or any device that plays music).
  2. A spacious room or open space, free from obstructions.
  3. Optional: A judge or a camera to catch movement.

Safety Tips

  • Ensure the play area is free of slippery surfaces or sharp objects.
  • Remind players not to push or touch others while dancing.
  • For younger participants, consider playing at a lower volume to prevent startling them.
  • Ensure there’s enough space between players to avoid collisions.

Game Rules

  1. As the music starts, all players must begin dancing.
  2. The moment the music stops, players must instantly freeze.
  3. Anyone caught moving or wobbling is out for that round.
  4. The game continues until one person remains, and they’re the winner!

Alternative Game Ideas

  • Themed Statues: Each round has a theme (e.g., animals, superheroes). Players must strike poses related to the theme.
  • Slow-motion Dance: Players dance in slow motion, and when the music stops, they freeze.
  • Statue Story: When the music stops, the judge or another participant makes up a story about the poses

Game Supplies (Where to Buy)

While the main requirement for Musical Statues is music, if you’re looking for quality speakers, themed playlists, or decorative elements to amp up the ambiance:

  • Local electronics stores typically offer a range of speakers and sound systems.
  • Online platforms like Amazon, Best Buy, or Walmart.
  • Music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music for themed playlists.


Q: Can Musical Statues be played indoors and outdoors?
A: Absolutely! Just ensure the chosen area is safe and obstacle-free.

Q: Is there an ideal number of participants?
A: While there’s no fixed number, having 5-20 participants usually makes for a fun game.

Q: Can adults play, or is it just for kids?
A: Everyone can play! The more, the merrier.

In conclusion, Musical Statues remains a timeless party favorite for a reason. Its simplicity paired with the joy of dancing and the excitement of the “freeze” moment ensures everyone has a blast. So, next time you’re thinking of a game to liven up your event, you know which one to pick!