Believe In Yourself, One Dance Step At a Time!

Posted 16 June 2014 12:00 AM by Princess Bryant, Target Arts Teaching Artist Assistant

"When I grow up, I want to be a dancer and a dance teacher" -Trinity

Having worked at 3 different schools with the Target Arts program, I would have to say the 4th grade class at the Tobin K-8 school exhibited the greatest transformation. It was so easy to fall in love with these students. So different in their own unique way, but each student brought so much joy every Wednesday and Friday.

This session, I was able to choose the book, Dancing in the Wings, written by the amazing Debbie Allen. This book was perfect for these students. The main character, Sassy, was a young dancer that was teased in her home and in the dance studio for what her friends and family believed were her flaws; having big feet and long legs. Throughout the story common themes arose that could be connected back to the Tobin students. Determination, goals, dreams, and confidence.

With these values embedded in the book, our goal was to embed these values into the students. With a clear understanding, the students came up with their own theme for our sessions that developed into our final showcase: believing in your dreams and never giving up.

As a whole, these students loved to dance! We jammed out so many sessions to old school music. We danced the cabbage patch, running man, the jig and the twist. Many of these movements they used in their choreography for the final showcase. I showed them a couple of moves, gave them a song and they created a final dance that they were so proud of.

These young scholars worked extremely hard on their final. Their smiles gleamed the whole performance.

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