The DANZKOOL

Dancing is cool at home and at school

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  • “At first we thought boys had those germs...but it’s okay now.”
    Jennifer, Gr. 5, Diefenbaker School
  • “I think dancing’s so cool.”
    Sophie, Gr. 12, Lord Byng School
  • “Do we have to dance with...boys?”
    Megan, Gr. 7, Q Mary School
  • “Turn left. No, the ‘other’ left.”
    Chris, Gr. 7, Q Alexandra School
  • “I want to learn Tango ’cuz I get to hold the girls.”
    Amir, Gr. 12, Elgin Park School
  • “Students asked for hall passes so they could practice their steps at lunch.”
    Ms. Desic, Gr. 7 teacher, D Livingstone School
  • “Dancing teaches me how not to look awkward in public.”
    Sean, Gr. 7, Q Alexander School
  • “Man, you got da moves!”
    Malykh, Gr. 7, J Thompson School
  • “He was a shy kid but he’d practice every night, and leave for school early next morning to find a girl to dance with.”
    Mother of a Gr. 5 boy, Diefenbaker School
  • “The tough boys showed more patience after your dance lesson.”
    Ms. Daly, Gr. 7 teacher, Strathcona School
  • “Some days, he pouts in school...something bad happened at home. But the dance class got him to smile again.”
    Ms. Hyde, Gr. 3 teacher, Cascade Hts School
  • “The kids are really keen to learn.”
    Janet Powell, Vice-Principal, S Brighouse School
  • “I didn’t like dancing at first...but i changed my mind...except, I still can’t accept dancing with boys.”
    Chelsea, Gr 5, Strathcona School
  • “Why does DARE-2-Dance have to stop? We want it to keep going.”
    Navyah, Gr 3, Cascades School
  • “Dancing’s cool...it teaches you about life.”
    Sophie, Gr. 12, Britannia School

DANZKOOL

Danzkool programs empower kids to excel in school

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Video: Taken at Sir James Douglas School in Vancouver. Photos: Kids taking Danzkool programs at school.

What’s On?

DARE-2-DANCE SERVED SCHOOLS IN VANCOUVER, BURNABY & RICHMOND. PRO-DEV WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS ARE AVAILABLE. DONORS NEEDED: ANOTHER 500 KIDS HOPE TO GET THE PROGRAM IN 2018.

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Dance educator Tim and musician Kevin lead a spelling exercise for Grade 2/3 kids

Thanks to our donors and business sponsors, over-500 girls & boys (from grades 2 to 10) took part in 'DARE-2-Dance' programs. Hosting schools included Hastings Community School, Sir James Douglas Elementary and William Bridge Elementary.

Donors made it possible to teach summer programs at the Boys And Girls Clubs Of South Vancouver (Fraserview) and the Kidsafe Society (Queen Alexandra School) in 2017.

Teachers: Are you looking for ideas to engage reluctant non-movers? To reinforce Foundational Skills? Teach numeracy? The Danzkool offers professional development workshops in the DARE-2-Dance Method, and best practices in teaching Swing Dancing, Salsa Dancing (& other Latin American dances), Classic Ballroom & Retro Dancing. Contact the Danzkool to inquire.

Dance Education is a powerful and joy-filled way to enhance a child's learning ... but some schools are chronically under-served. The 'DARE-2-Dance' program is powered by individual donors and community sponsors. Become a donor, or sponsor a school, and make a real difference to the kids who need Dance Ed the most. Find out more: click here .

IN 2017, WE TRAINED DANCE EDUCATORS, AS WELL AS, KIDS. HERE'S WHAT TOOK PLACE.

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The cycle of chaos-&-creativity: Photo taken at the 'National Dance Insitute' Open House in New York City

Carole Valleskey, former-principal dancer w/ the Joffrey Ballet (see Note 3 below), joined Tim Mah, creator of DARE-2-Dance (see Note 1 ), to share innovative teaching methods.
Carole shared best practices from teaching dance education in Los Angeles County schools.
Tim shared new teaching methods used in the Danzkool's Salsa-rific, Swing-o-rama and Classico Ballroom units.
Both Carole's & Tim's work are inspired by using NDI-inspired methods (read about NDI).

In March & April, 2017: The DARE-2-Dance program (refer to Note 1 below) was in residence at an elementary school in Vancouver's south-east quadrant. Thanks to a grant from Boeing Canada, over-120 students took part in the 2-week intensive. Foundational Skills affected: Reciting the alphabet, spelling, numeracy (counting, adding, multiplication), history (a story of an historic BC figure).

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Carole Valleskey leads a class at the California Dance Institute

INSPIRED BY THE 'NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE' IN NEW YORK CITY

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Images taken from teacher training and Open House workshops at "NDI" studios in Harlem, New York

FOOTNOTES

  1. DARE-2-Dance (D2D) is an interdisciplinary arts enrichment program that gives students the chance to get active and strive for excellence through the rigours of music and dancing. The program is inspired by the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City. At a typical class: A team of teacher artists leads the class in progressively challenging games and activities set to live music. The program takes place in the classroom during regular school hours.
  2. The National Dance Institute ("NDI") was founded by former-New York City Ballet principal dancer, Jacques D'Amboise. In the mid-1970's, Jacques started teaching in Manhattan schools because he felt students were under-served by the Dance Arts. Today, NDI is supported by a private foundation and serves over-40 schools in New York. NDI-affiliates are located in major cities across the USA. Read more about NDI at this link .
  3. Carole Valleskey is former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, an NDI-Affiliate, and founder of the California Dance Institute. 'CDI' serves public schools in Los Angeles County using the NDI method. Read more about Carole and CDI at this link. Watch a video that documents NDI teaching methods at this link. [Posted: Mar. 6/17]

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Regular and sustained Dance Education empowers children to thrive in school, a fact that's especially true for kids who face barriers to learning. The DARE-2-Dance program uses movement and music to teach kids to dance, and train Executive Functions. Read more about dance-enriched learning on our Blog .

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