“I think it’s important to make math and other subjects a part of dance so all the lessons stick in their heads,”
said Jessica Clayton, instructor of Dance Exploration classes at Allana’s Academy of Dance.
“I have been told from gym teachers that their classes have been cut back, sometimes to twice a week. They are worried about their kids staying healthy and in shape,”
“Everything about dance is educational. You have to count the music, have spatial awareness and learn social development with the others in class,”
Clayton said. During the summer, Clayton offers classes for children to teenagers who want to continue their dance skills.
“It was an opportunity to try new action and ideas. They (the students) were able to use their brains in different ways,”
Jones said. Clayton introduced the class to students during gym time, and offered lessons after school for those who wanted to participate.
“Moving their feet is a great way to make brain connections,”
Jones said. She added that 10 students participated in the after school classes, which had a performance for parents at the end of the course. “It was a hit for the parents and kids.
“I think it went well, they really seemed to enjoy it,”
said Lori Candage, director of A Child’s Place in Edgewater, after Clayton visited the day care. She said children signed up for classes after the workshop.
“I think dancing is absolutely essential to children’s brain development,”
Candage said. She added the class coming to the day care for lessons makes it easier for more children to be involved.