It was such a pleasure to watch my middle schoolers interact with each other through dance. They made friendships that maybe they would not have if it weren't for finding their common shared interests in music and dance. They also had so much fun practicing new moves until getting it "right." Every week, I saw students supporting each other, cheering each other on, and even breaking into spontaneous dances during warm-ups! It was so inspiring to me and also just pure, innocent, fun.
In particular, there was one student who has always been on the quieter side, but who completely left his comfort zone by choosing to perform his own original hip-hop dance in our talent show. He did an amazing job and received the loudest applause when he was done. It is something I will never forget, nor will he, and he was beaming with confidence and pride as he exited the stage. It was without a doubt one of the best experiences I've had as a teacher!
- Tiffany Searles, New Foundations