19 Oct 2017
Before I worked with Dancing With Class, I used to study and teach classes on community-based performance. One thing that kept coming up was the connection between the personal empowerment that comes from mastering a performance skill– something that you create in your own body and others [...]Read more Putting the “Unity” in Classroom Community
12 Aug 2017
I’ve been lucky enough to be back with a YMCA program for the 2nd year after working with new students in 2014. Last year, the kids did a wonderful job. They were completely new to partner dancing. Some were young, so they were not quite secure with dancing with a partner of the [...]Read more Our Second Year Together
4 May 2017
Teaching a recent core program, one of my students, K, would gradually drift away from the circle during the lesson. I couldn’t tell at first what was going on for him – was he disinterested? Or shy? But I continued to invite him back into the circle to come join us. We got to the […]Read more Learning to Lead
10 Apr 2017
One of the main facets of the DWC curriculum is teaching the students about respect. What it means to treat others with respect, and how to show respect to others by dancing with them. This idea sounds simple and self-evident, but teaching ballroom dance to 5th graders, where boys and girls [...]Read more Can Dance Promote World Peace?
2 Mar 2017
Four weeks ago, I started a 12 week program at an elementary school working with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. They are taking time out of their Social Studies class to learn 2 dances – one with a partner, and one non-partner. The teacher coach is beyond wonderful – he’s [...]Read more Surprise – you’re performing in front of your entire school!