• AcceptDANCE™

  • 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 class runs for 90 minutes over the course of 10 weeks. The AcceptDANCE™ class at Dance Exploration is a Teacher/Student collaboration class where teachers conduct a series of weekly discussions on the difficult topics which may lead to bullying. After discussions, students are encouraged to work in small groups with children of like-minded insecurities or hardships and brainstorm possible solutions to the weekly issue. As a group, they will create a piece of artwork. That artwork may be a dance, a poem, a drawing or painting or a song. They will share their work with the class and discuss how the artwork speaks to them. After the discussions, the class works with the instructors to create a choreographed piece to the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” which will 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 struggles with hardship and each person is different and special. 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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  • Local Dance Program to Offer Free Bullying Prevention Program to Denver Middle Schools

    Shame, fear, self-doubt, anger, hatred, confusion, helplessness, sadness… these are just some of the words a child may express when you ask them to describe how it feels to be bullied at school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics between 1 and 4 and 1 and 3 children say they have been bullied at school. Children who are bullied may experience depression, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. They may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed and may also experience a decrease in grades and test scores. Some may even drop out of school all together. The effects of bullying doesn’t stop there, children who bully others may participate in other violent or risky activities such as drug and alcohol abuse, engage in more fights, or get involved in criminal activity later in life. They may also be more prone to abuse spouses or children into adulthood. Bullying has escalated to cyberbullying where many times a person may not know who the abuser is on the other end of the computer screen.

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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
      6-10
    • Class Style:
      Teacher/Student Collaboration
    • Class Length:
      60-90 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:15
  • 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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