We are committed to our work in New York City’s underserved public elementary schools because we believe that low-income students deserve an education that is arts and dance-enriched, collaborative, appropriately challenging, emotionally supportive, and affirming.
In short, we believe they deserve the same kind of education that the most privileged young people have access to. We strive to level the playing field through our dance programs which are tied to the school curricula, and provide transformative learning opportunities that keep young people from falling through the cracks of the educational system and our democratic society.
Dance and arts teaching and learning, when integrated throughout the daily school curricula, support students’ multidimensional achievement of academic, social, emotional, physical (i.e., nonverbal-kinesthetic), and artistic growth.
Different learning styles (i.e., nonverbal, kinesthetic, and nonlinear) require different teaching approaches. The arts and dance provide a form of experiential education that involves not “just moving,” but moving followed by critical reflection and analysis through guided discussion, journal writing, and visual arts.
We have a proven track record for delivering high-quality programming. Studies show educational improvement in our students’ overall academic performance in addition to boosting their emotional and social lives, self-confidence, creative problem-solving skills, writing skills, accurate use of new and expanded vocabulary, and physical well-being.