Stepping into the World of Ballroom Dance at East Broadway
Fifth-graders at East Broadway Elementary School recently put on their dancing shoes for the second year of the school's Dancing Classroom residency. Facilitated by Eileen Clarke of Dancing Classrooms Long Island, the fifth-grade classes began their residency at the beginning of January, learning how to ballroom dance.
Clarke visits the school twice a week during a 10-week period to provide 20 lessons to students. In addition to learning the technique of ballroom dance, the partnership between students helps build self-confidence, respect, cooperative teamwork, communication and an appreciation for cultural diversity.
"Social and emotional learning is really the basis of what we do," said Clarke. "It's life skills wrapped up in ballroom dancing."
At the conclusion of their residency in the spring, the students will perform for family members to showcase what they have learned.