• AcceptDANCE™

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration’s AcceptDANCE™ Class is a Bully Prevention class designed to teach children tolerance and acceptance. The class is centered around the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Mark Willis. The song discusses judgement of others’ and that outsiders shouldn’t always judge a book by it’s cover; every person has a story to tell. The AcceptDANCE™ class at Dance Exploration is a Teacher/Student collaboration class where teachers conduct a series of weekly discussions on topics such as bullying, feelings, tolerance, acceptance  and more. After the discussions, students will work in small groups to create a choreographed piece to the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” to be performed at the final Showcase graduation. Each week a new phrase of the song will be discussed and the teacher and students will discuss each verse, how it makes them feel and how they can incorporate those feelings into movement. The goal of the class is to have children recognize that each of their peers have feelings, each person has insecurities, each person is different and through recognizing how we’re all different, we can recognize that in the end we are all the same…human beings. As children work and move together in groups, they will build trust, patience, tolerance and acceptance for each other to create their common goal: their choreographed piece.  

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
    • Class Style:
      Teacher/Student Collaboration
    • Class Length:
      60-90 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture. Flexibility will also be increased as safe stretching techniques are followed
    • Dancers will learn the process of enchaînment (linking steps together) as the basis of simple choreography
    • Students will learn a simple choreographic dance which they will perform at a session ending performance
    • Students will choreograph their own combinations to be performed in the choreographic routine
    • Students will learn about the basic elements of choreography including space, time, shape, action and movement as well as complex elements such as force, relationships, repetition, transitions, sequence and more
    Cognitive Development
    • Dancers will understand the elements of dance including space, time and energy
    • Students will understand variations on the dance elements such as dancing in self space vs general space, dancing to different tempos, and dancing with variations on energy including movement flow, tension or weight concepts
    • Dancers will also learn the elements of choreography which include, in addition to the dance elements, complex elements such as force, relationships, repetition, transitions, sequence and more
    • Dancers will learn patterns, formations and sequences through dance combinations and choreography
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving
    • Students will learn that dance is form of communication and will explore how to turn emotions and feelings into a movement as a new way to express themselves
    • Students will learn how to express themselves through dance and movement
    • Students will learn how to listen, take direction and follow instructions from a teacher as well as from their peers
    • Students will learn how Dancers behave through the D-A-N-C-E-R acronym
    • Students will learn how to accept the unique differences of their peers and how to accept each other’s unique talents
    • Students will work together in small groups to create a choreographic work to be performed at the showcase
    Language Skills
    • Each class will include both oral and written discussion on tolerance, acceptance, feeling and emotions
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their dance teacher and their peers
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