Dance for Life is an 8 week after school dance residency held at two schools in Portsmouth, Virginia. This year, Dance for Life: Tap & Hip Hop was designed in collaboration with the Portsmouth Public School’s Math and PE Departments. The choreography of both dance forms along with the patterns and sequences were used to help students strengthen their math comprehension and improve understanding of healthy living principles.
Check out the video below of the 2014-2015 Dance for Life residency at Churchland Primary and Intermediate in Portsmouth, Va!
Dance for Life Testimonial:
“My name is Stephanie Wright and I am the Physical Education Teacher at Simonsdale Elementary in Portsmouth, VA. This is my 3rd year as a Dance coach and each year, I am more impressed with our Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV): Dance for Life project experience. This year the students had a unique opportunity to learn how to incorporate math skills into their hip hop and tap dances. As a physical education teacher, it makes me happy knowing that students are learning core content skills while moving and exercising! The YAV: Dance for Life project has helped students in learning the importance of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Not only did their personal fitness levels improve, their math grades have also gone up! This program exceeds my expectations in promoting to our younger generation the importance of lifelong physical activity and knowledge of core curriculum skills.” – Stephanie Wright, Physical Education Teacher
Funding provided in part by the Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation, Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission, Portsmouth Service League, Virginia Commission For The Arts, and Business Consortium for Arts Support.