Park Terrace students are “Dancing to Success”

Program activates bodies and brains to engage learning

Park Terrace students are moving and grooving their way to success in school with a little help from the Skidmore College Dance Department.picture of students smiling as they form a Conga Line in the classroom

“We work hard to engage our students and make learning fun,” said Principal Brian DiPasquale. “We know that our best learning happens when our brains and our bodies are focused and ready.”

picture of students participating in a Conga Line in the classroomThe Dance to Success (D2S) project integrates movement into the daily classroom routine, getting children out of their chairs and participating in short bursts of energy that engage their bodies and brains to learn by improving focus and increasing engagement.

picture of students stretching their arms up toward the ceiling, backs to cameraWhile working recently with pre-kindergarten through second-grade classes, the D2S project educators integrated dance to teach core content with movement based on the children’s story, “Arrow to the Sun. A Pueblo Indian Tale” by Gerald McDermott. This provided students an opportunity to experience literature, move their bodies and have fun at the same time.

When Skidmore dance educators are not on site, Park Terrace classes still participate in the D2S project by following daily movement videos to support active engagement in learning.

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