Foothills Elem. students showcase violin, ballroom dance
Students and staff from Foothills Elementary School in Salem recently showcased some of the programs and activities happening at the school for members of the Nebo School District Board of Education.
“I am so blessed and privileged to work with great people at Foothills. There would never be enough time to share all the great things teachers, staff and parents are doing every day to help students, so I decided to focus on two that show how acting on a passion can provide opportunities for students to stretch themselves in ways they never imagined,” said Foothills Principal Keri Huntsman.
“Mrs. Roberts is an accomplished violinist and acted on a desire to use violins to help teach her students,” Huntsman said. “Through generous grants, including the Nebo Education Foundation, Mrs. Roberts was able to purchase a violin for each student. The students play for a few minutes each day.” The arts are a critical part of education. Foothills teacher Pamela Roberts said, “My third-grade class loves to play the violin. Knowing that they get to do something that they love each day motivates every student to come to school.”
Huntsman introduced Angela Lowe, a parent who is new to Foothills this year. “Angie came to me last year when they knew they were moving into the area and asked about starting a ballroom dance program. After doing some research and attending a competition, I decided to give it a try,” Huntsman said. “Angie teaches two classes, one for fourth-graders to learn the beginning dance principles and steps. She teaches another class for fifth- and sixth-graders to prepare them to compete.”
The Nebo board was enchanted with students performing ballroom dance at the elementary level. Angie Lowe has extensive knowledge of ballroom technique. Her objective for her students is to teach them far beyond steps and music. The goal of the program at Foothills is to provide social dance instruction for children in a positive, friendly and fun atmosphere. She believes this type of instruction builds self-esteem and confidence. Through partnered ballroom dance movement, children learn mutual respect and social skills useful throughout their lives. The students competed against other elementary schools at Timpanogos High School on Jan. 21, with the two teams taking Gold and Silver. The trophies are almost as tall as the students. Lowe is most proud of the students winning the Sportsmanship Award. She said, “They were one of the most respectful kids there. I had so many parents from other schools compliment them because of it.'
Students from Foothills Elementary School show off the dance skills learned in their school’s ballroom dance program during a meeting of the Nebo School District Board of Education.