Preschool through First Grade Dancers celebrated Red Ribbon Week by dancing our own say not to bullying dance inspired by Zara Leoloa's Just Say No to Bully video. We talked about how telling secrets and excluding others is hurtful.
Second grade through eighth grade had exposure to modern dance by watching The University of Southern Florida's College of the Arts bully dance. We had our first whole-class conversations connecting the video to our own feelings and actions. I continue to be impressed by the depth and kindness of my Dancing Crusaders.
Thank you for visiting the new site that I'm trying to get up and running. I have truly had such a warm welcome since starting to teach dance at Holy Family School. I am absolutely loving all of your kids. What a kind hearted and hard working group of students! This week before Halloween is all about having fun. The older kids learned Thriller with actual choreography by Michael Peters. The younger kids practiced changing their actions and the feelings of their actions by dancing out a trick-or-treating story written and recorded with music by Christy and Brian Golden. (Christy was a ballet dancer and Brian was a conductor, and in their retirement, they have started to create stories and music for creative movement classes.)
I did not show the Thriller video because it's pretty scary with all of the make-up and costumes, but I linked it above. My daughters loved to dance in front of the computer to the Skeleton Dance when they were little. It's not scary at all and helps kids to isolate different body parts.