The Activ8Dance School Program is not just about teaching ballroom dancing, but has been developed to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.
The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honour and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate, co-operate and accept the differences in others.
The Activ8Dance Programs are a term based social development program for pre-primary, primary and secondary grade children that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program, but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.
The Activ8Dance Program uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem.
Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in a classroom setting, with each class in the series introducing new steps and reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
The teaching philosophy is one of inside out, versus outside in.
The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect, as we take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, thereby enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.
While the Activ8Dance Program is an effective program for teaching social dance, the program is designed to provide many other benefits.
The program is about creating an atmosphere which allows students who are typically introverted and reserved, to step out and shine.
It focuses physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement.
It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills, as it improves confidence and children’s ability to relate to others.
Expressions of interest may be directed to secretary@iDance.org.au