The Issue: Benefits of Arts Education for Youth
Kids who are involved in the arts are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office, and participate in a math and science fair, according to a report from Americans for the Arts. However, despite these proven benefits, school arts budgets area being cut and the cost of arts programs outside school remain prohibitively expensive for many families. By attending free dance classes, youth who do not normally have access to the arts can practice etiquette and social behavior in partner dances, develop creative thinking skills as they master new steps, and increase their self-confidence by performing for their peers.
The Campaign: Providing Dance Class for School Kids
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Dance Daze in Schools to provide dance courses for students in local schools. For every $500 raised, Dance Daze in Schools can provide an eight-week dance course in a variety of dance styles such as hip-hop, ballet, and Latin dancing at one Title I School. Students in the class with learn original choreography, create their own movement phrases, and connect with dance as an art form. Any funds raised beyond the initial $500 will go toward establishing a permanent dance studio at that same school.
Dance Daze in Schools
Dance Daze in Schools teaching intern Jaime Fields wrote that she has “never enjoyed anything in life as much as dance. The feelings that come with moving through a space and owning every moment of it, no restrictions; that is the best experience.” Jaime started dancing when she was four, and now, she shares her skills with kids and gives them a “creative outlet and center for their lives” through dance classes.
Jaime’s experience is thanks to Dance Daze in Schools, which trains adults with teaching experience and college students like Jaime in dance instruction and then connects them with youth in local K-12 schools and community organizations. In- and after-school dance classes teach movement vocabulary, dance technique, and original choreography one of two days per week. Students can focus on one continuous style or revolving dance styles such as hip hop, ballet, and tap, with an option for varied styles including African, break dance, and Baile Folklorico depending on the teacher’s dance background. The blended learning program combines dance lessons with production and tech projects, such as setting up recording devices and editing audio and video clips, to teach real world skills. Dance Daze in Schools also provides internships to teach college students lesson planning and classroom management and reaches out to high school students with community service opportunities.
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