Get­ting their dance on

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY BRENDA VOWDEN brenda.vowden@nzme.co.nz

A free dance work­shop of­fered by Dances for Schools, a face-to-face dance pro­gramme for schools, at the end of last year was enough for Nel­son Park School to give the or­gan­i­sa­tion the nod.

“The re­sponse from the teach­ers and stu­dents was so pos­i­tive and buzzy that we booked them,” says prin­ci­pal Sue Bew­ley.

Dances for Schools of­fers two weeks of teach­ing, where ev­ery child dances ev­ery day, cul­mi­nat­ing with a show. The chil­dren dance daily for two weeks from 30 min­utes for younger stu­dents to 45 min­utes for older stu­dents. They praise par­tic­i­pa­tion, per­se­ver­ance, per­sis­tence and ef­fort — not in­tel­li­gence, nat­u­ral abil­i­ties, best dancers or fast learn­ing.

“This means ev­ery­one grows in con­fi­dence. The pro­gramme is dif­fer­en­ti­ated — the ones who need ex­tend­ing get that and the ones who need en­cour­age­ment get that,” Sue says. The dance ex­trav­a­ganza gave 425 chil­dren aged five to 11 the op­por­tu­nity to show their par­ents and care­givers just what they’d be up to. Deputy prin­ci­pal Rose Gil­mour led the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the pro­gramme and show.

“There was par­ent Nel­son Park School Year 1 and 2 pupils showed their moves at the Dance Ex­trav­a­ganza held a cou­ple of weeks ago. par­tic­i­pa­tion so ev­ery­one danced and ev­ery­one was a stand out per­former. They all shifted in their con­fi­dence and un­der­stand­ing of what they were ca­pa­ble of.”

Sue says al­though it was a chal­lenge fit­ting ev­ery­one in, there was a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“Ezra, the dance in­struc­tor, em­pha­sised a growth mind­set and that if mis­takes are be­ing made, that means we are learn­ing rich.”

Cos­tumes were de­vised by the dif­fer­ent teams and they all looked “ready to rock”. “We have booked Dances for Schools for 2020. They are a stun­ning or­gan­i­sa­tion and it has made the last two weeks of term what school should be — fun.”

PHO­TOS: WAR­REN BUCK­LAND

Ezra from Dance in Schools talks Nel­son Park year 1 and 2 pupils through their dance moves.

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