dancing kids are smart kids
- “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
Dance has the power to instil confidence and inspire
THIS PAST-APRIL, WE HOSTED A WORKSHOP FOR DANCE EDUCATORS. HERE'S WHAT TOOK PLACE.
Carole Valleskey, Joffrey Ballet former-principal dancer (see Note 3 below), joined Tim Mah, founder of DARE-2-Dance (see Note 1 below), to share innovative teaching methods inspired by the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York.
Carole shared best practices from teaching dance education in Los Angeles County schools.
Tim shared new methods for teaching Partner Dances like Swing, Salsa, and Samba using NDI-inspired methods (see Note 2 about NDI).
This took place on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. Time: 3:30 - 6:45 pm.
At the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver.
HERE'S HOW 125 KIDS AT A VANCOUVER SCHOOL BENEFITTED - THANKS TO A GRANT FROM BOEING CANADA".
March 27-April 7, 2017: The DARE-2-Dance In-School program (refer to Note 1 below) was in residence for 10 consecutive days at an elementary school on the south side of Vancouver. Thanks to a grant from the Boeing Canada, nearly-120 students took part in the 2-week dance intensive.
OUR INSPIRATION COMES FROM 'NDI' IN NEW YORK
- 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 immerses the class in progressively challenging games and activities set to live music. The program takes place in the classroom during regular school hours.
- 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 serves over-40 schools in New York, and has affiliates located in major cities across the USA. Read more about NDI at this link .
- Carole Valleskey is an NDI-Affiliate, founder of the California Dance Institute ("CDI"), and former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. CDI serves eight 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]
Empower Kids To Succeed
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