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ELIZABETH, NJ: 10 HAIRY LEGS's 3rd Year Implementing "Dance to Learn" Program among 2nd Grade Students

ELIZABETH, NJ: 10 HAIRY LEGS's 3rd Year Implementing "Dance to Learn" Program among 2nd Grade Students




Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 9:30am





Company Returns to Elizabeth Public Schools

3rd Consecutive Year Implementing

Dance to Learn Program to 2nd Grade Students



Highland Park, New Jersey --- 10 Hairy Legs will provide the Dance to Learn program to all second grade students at iPrep Academy and George Washington School #1 in Elizabeth, NJ in Fall 2018. The Creative Movement Residency includes 14 consecutive weekly classes during the school day taught to 100 students by 10 Hairy Legs Teaching Artist Shawn Brush. Brush works actively as a professional dancer as well as a Teaching Artist. Brush graduated Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University earning BFA’s in Dance. The professional company will perform at Jerome Dunn Academy on Thursday, December ­­20 at 9:30 am with students participating in the program. The performance is free and open to the community.

10 Hairy Legs Executive Director Elizabeth Shaff Sobo noted, "We are pleased to return to Elizabeth Public Schools for the third consecutive year to provide Dance to Learn. Our commitment to dance education is an important component of our work, and we applaud that Elizabeth Public Schools embraces the values that dance brings to student achievement in all academic areas, in addition to cultivating our next generation of arts enthusiasts."

Tracy C. Monteiro, Supervisor for Art for the district stated, “Dance has been a creative outlet in the lives of the Elizabeth Public School students for many years. Each year, our graduating students have moved onto dance related professions post-secondary, proving that the program has made a difference in their lives.  Dance enrollment has flourished exponentially, allowing our district to explore the expansion of the program to our younger students. By allowing our second graders to participate in the study of dance, they learn perseverance and self-motivation. The Dance to Learn program has helped us to encourage the children to experiment and find different paths to solving problems. It is vital in our students’ education and personal development -  they learn the importance of trial-and-error and that, “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” The sense of success and accomplishment they are experiencing with these dance professionals, has helped our students to master complicated movemen that will encourage them to transfer this ambition into other aspects of their lives moving forward.”

School #8 Principal Lawrence Roodenburg added, “We are very excited to have 10 Hairy Legs come into our school and work with our students in regards to dance.  Dance is something that our students normally do not have the ability to take in school and only a small amount of our students are exposed to dance outside of school.  We are only two weeks into the program and the students have loved their experience so far.”

Classroom Teachers Joseph Catena and Robyn Schwartz expressed their enthusiasm – “IPrep Academy's 2nd-grade students have been very fortunate to be the recipients of instruction by Dance to Learn. This program has been enjoyed by our students and gives them an opportunity to experience the creative arts directed by experts in dance. Not only are our children learning dance, they are also learning the various disciplines and philosophies associated with dance. This is a wonderful chance for them to apply their cognitive skills and appreciate the art of dance. It is so important for our students to experience a wide variety of arts and culture. Dance to Learn is something they look forward to and appreciate.”

The Geraldine R Dodge Foundation partners with Young Audiences, Dance New Jersey, professional dance companies and teachers to promote the Dance to Learn experience.  10 Hairy Legs was awarded a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the fourth consecutive year to deliver the program. Dance to Learn is a four-year interdisciplinary and inclusive dance curriculum with the goal to advance dance education in schools and community settings. It is a model of dance education that meets or exceeds the NJ Department of Education Core Curriculum Standards for Dance and the National Core Arts Standards in Dance.

The Dance To Learn curriculum is both arts-based and truly arts-integrated because it encourages students to explore, internalize and transform classroom learning and the elements of dance while developing their individual creative voices, offers opportunities for students to reflect, critique and connect personal experiences to their learning of dance and in their classrooms, is adaptive to any dance style, genre, or culture, provides an inroad to kinesthetic learning and connects to language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, physical education and music curriculums and offers formative and summative assessment and documentation tools to help measure the effectiveness of student learning and facilitator impact.

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