When to Start a Program
Parental support is essential for the success of any program. Working alone or through a PTO group, they can be lobby for the inclusion of dance in the curriculum and help to establish extra-curricular clubs.
Parents can provide transportation and supervision, especially for younger students. They can also attend performances or competitions to support and cheer on their children.
Lessons and skills learned in Ballroom Dance extend far beyond the setting in which they are taught. In addition to the benefits of exercise on mental processes and physical well-being, dance spans the curriculum and has applications in Social Studies, Literature, World Language, even Mathematics and Science! Visit the “Resources” section to find suggestions, lesson plans, and materials. Dance performances can deepen and expand the experience of many of the “special” days celebrated in the classroom, like Cinco de Mayo, Homecoming or Prom.
School Dance Calendar
August: Students are enjoying summer vacation, but administrative staffs (and some teachers) are busy preparing for the coming school year. Begin collecting information as outlined in the Guide to Starting School Dance Programs.
August – September: The instructional year is beginning. This is a good time to start, before parents and students are committed to other activities.
- If you are ready to begin a program, have brochures and parent invitation letters available for “Back to school” night.
October: For secondary schools, this is Homecoming! Work with students and class sponsors to teach members of the Homecoming Court a special dance. Use the theme of the event to select appropriate music and style.
November: The UN Universal Children’s Day is November 20th. Celebrate the many cultures represented in dance.
December: Winter holidays are a time of joyful parties. Celebrate by “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
January: For older students this is the end of the first semester and beginning of the second. If you haven’t started a club, this is a good time to do so. Things to celebrate this month:
- Family Fit Lifestyle and Quality of Life Month
- January 8th: Elvis Presley’s Birthday (1935)
February: Valentine’s day is an obvious time for a romantic dance, but let’s not forget our founding fathers. Explore the topic “Did Washington waltz?”
March: Spring activities are beginning. It’s also “Music in Our Schools Month.”
April: It’s Prom time (see Homecoming suggestions). It’s also “National Youth Sports Safety Month.”
May: With Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it’s time to feature some Latin dances.
- Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May
- Plan a graduation celebration