When children dance, they engage both their muscles and minds, activating skills such as critical thinking and abstract reasoning. In addition, arts training provides students with new approaches to learning and healthy avenues toward self-expression. The Chicago Dance Institute shares these benefits with Chicagoland students through free in-school dance-education programming and mentorship.
Fueled by the belief that every child's education should include the arts, the Chicago Dance Institute employs an integrated method of instruction developed at the National Dance Institute. During its two-week and 32-week in-school residencies, the organization provides dance instruction at no cost to schools or students, working in underserved communities where families might not otherwise be able to afford special arts instruction. A two-teacher team leads tiny dancers ages 8 to 11 in each class, moving to melodies generated by an in-room musician. Through these residencies, instructors are able to identify students with special potential and dedication to dance, and the Chicago Dance Institute would like to sponsor three of these students in a year to receive more advanced and personalized instruction in a private studio.
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Chicago Dance Institute
Chicago Dance Institute incorporates dance into elementary-school curricula to teach creativity through music and movement. It uses dance as a catalyst to inspire children to work hard and develop confidence and methods for self-expression. During its two-week residency program, Chicago Dance Institute sends two professional dancers into elementary schools to teach dance to children in grades three–five for 45-minutes every day. The classes, set to music from a live pianist, percussionist, or guitar player, guide children in practicing steps and hand motions. The lessons also encourage students to engage in social interaction and improve empathy and conflict resolution skills. At the conclusion of the two-week program, the students get to perform for their peers during the day and for their parents and community members later that evening.
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