Dance as Science in Oregon

The students at Salish Ponds Elementary are getting science lessons that really move. Young Audiences has partnered with Portland based BodyVox dance company to bring a series of dance as science workshops to the Fairview school.

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BodyVox dancers are leading five sessions for all 515 students that combine science subjects like astronomy, botany, and physics with modern dance techniques. A class of 5th graders from the school will show off the dance skills they learn for over 300 guests when they performed at the Young Audience's "Celebrating Our Stars" Gala in February.

Young Audiences is able to bring BodyVox teachings artists to every Salish Ponds student thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Dizzy Feet, the dance charity co-founded by "So You Think You Can Dance" judges Nigel Lythgoe and Carrie Ann Inaba, provides funding for dance education programs for underserved children.

In addition to physical education, Young Audiences and BodyVox aim to provide a better understanding of scientific concepts by approaching them in a new way. Dnce reinforces the science curriculum with students through multiple methods of learning. "Bringing movement into the school day engages kids and promotes brain development," says Young Audiences Executive Director Denis Hickey, "Partnerships like these expose children to professional artists and promote increased involvement and excitement about school." 

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