We offer two programs you can choose from:
- An introduction to our “Around the World” program.
- An introduction to our “Swing, the American Dance” program.
While meeting many of the requirements outlined by Louisiana’s Department of Education’s bulletin ‘Louisiana Physical Education Content Standards’, the goals of these programs include:
- Teach children a skill in the arts; partner dancing at an early age.
- Teach them etiquette and social qualities that will prepare them for adulthood such as leadership, self-confidence, self-esteem, mutual respect, cooperation, patience, sportsmanship and teamwork.
- Expose children to different music styles and cultures.
- Offer them a form of exercise that is a source of joy.
- Teach children how to communicate better, an essential skill for their future as everything in life is about relationships.
Who is the program for? 4th Grade through 8th Grade
When is it held? Classes can be held during PE class or Arts class. After school classes are held at the studio. Classes can be conducted once or twice a week. The program is a total of 12 lessons of 45 minutes to one hour each, depending on your school scheduling. The program can be extended another 12 lessons with the same group. In this case, children learn three new dances.
Dances to choose from in the “Around the World” program: Merengue, Waltz, Swing Dance, Salsa Dance, Tango, and Samba de Gafieira. We prefer to teach Merengue-Waltz-Swing together within 12 weeks. Then, Salsa, Tango and Samba are taught during a second session.
How many children in a class? We allow a maximum of 24 children per class.
All the school needs is:
- One room well light, if possible no carpet please and no furniture. We need room to dance.
- A boom box or system that plays Cds or mp3 player
- A PE coach or Art teacher to assist the dance instructor
When can we start? If you are a school teacher or an administrator and you are interested in this program, contact us as soon as possible at (504) 897-0327. We start sessions in the Fall (September) and in the Winter (January).
NOTES: Throughout the year, we offer children various opportunities to perform and compete. Social events are also organized to involve their parents or family members. We view social dancing as a way to connect people and communities. More details are announced during the year.
Orleans Parish: Thanks to our collaboration with Hope Stone kids New Orleans, we were able to start the program in the following schools:
- Morris Jeff (4th Graders)
- Encore Academy (5th Graders)
- Live Oak (6th-8th Graders)
In 2006, we created a similar program for JPPSS. We helped them implement it and we coordinated it for 6 years. On the last year we were involved, the program was taught in 26 schools and more than 700 children learned how to dance weekly.