With the right approach, dance can contribute to a positive school culture both during the school day as well as during out-of-school time and family engagement events. Your school’s parent organization can be an ideal catalyst to introduce a dance program that benefits the entire community.
One of the best ways to engage parents/caregivers through dance is to have students first become familiar with some favorite dances during school.
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Once you cultivate a love of dance among students, engaging parents and caregivers provides an immediate boost of joy to your overall school culture. Here are a few ideas of how to extend dance/movement activities enjoyed at school into family engagement activities:
- Host a Family Dance-Along: Students can invite their parents to a special dance night or host a dance activity station during a family engagement event such as a Multicultural/International Night, Health Fair, etc.
- Schedule a Special Assembly program: Classrooms can practice and present different dances in an assembly program. Most parents won’t pass up an opportunity to see their child perform!
- During a Parent Visitation Day: Students can demonstrate a dance they have learned in class and then invite their parents to dance as their partners.
- Start a Club: Schools can host an after-school club or incorporate dance into an existing after-school program. Working with a community partner who specializes in dance is one common solution. Alternately, a program like EduMotion: SEL Journeys offers online content that a parent volunteer or OST program leader can facilitate easily—no dance experience required!
With a little imagination, you can connect dance to all kinds of themed events you may host throughout the year.
EduMotion: SEL Journeys is a digital learning platform that integrates lessons on diversity, empathy and kindness with movement activities inspired by dances from around the world. EduMotion’s evidence-based curriculum has been used for more than a decade as a strategy to help students develop peer relationships and explore what it means to be a global citizen. Educators can get started by signing up for free dance-of-the-month content and SEL resources on edumotion.com