After School Dance Class Program
After School Dance Classes and Bullying Prevention Campaign
BGW after School Dance is a mobile dance program that brings dance into preschool, elementary and middle schools. Uses dance to teach character development and goal setting. Class format can be hip hop, jazz or traditional Pacific Islander dance.
Program utilizes an open space, preferably carpeted, such as a gymnasium or music room. It takes place after school twice a week for two weeks. Each class is an hour in duration and includes warm up and stretch, technique and skill break down and choreography. Classes are held in the sponsor school.
In addition to fundraising for the host school, benefits the sponsor school by teaching kids to stay active, set goals and take responsibility for their choices. Skills learned in class such as integrity, dedication and positive self-talk will translate to the classroom in behaviour and attitude.
“Skills learned in class such as integrity, dedication and positive self-talk will translate to the classroom in behaviour and attitude”
The fundamental goal of Dance is to give kids the tools to succeed in school and in life and inspire them to take steps towards realizing their dreams.
The classes are run free of charge. BGW provides volunteer dance instructors, a healthy snack, school supplies, T- shirts and dance bag, workshops with international and local dance groups.
Gifts and donations are received from sponsors and donors. At this time 3 Schools have participated and an estimated 300 students were involved.
Students who participated in the program performed at the United Nations 16 days of Activism activities, United Nations Child labor conference, Samoan Tourism Miss Samoa events and Pacific games events.