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Canterbury Dance Time

Araceli Gonzalez,   Canterbury Elem
Let's Dance!
Physical Activity Participation
Canterbury Dance Time
Throughout my years teaching PE, I have noticed that not all students are interested in sports. Unfortunately, those same students are the ones who turn their backs on physical activity because they feel the two are synonymous. For this reason, I thought it would be a great idea to show my students that physical activity does not mean that they have to be good at sports or even like sports! They can be physically active with dance! We revamped our physical education classes for two weeks and turned them into dance classes. The time that we usually used for a PE game became time to learn and practice a new dance routine. Then the time that we usually used for structured free time became time to follow along to "Just Dance" videos on our big screens in the gym. The students really loved the change and some of the students who tend to shy away from other physical activities were really coming out of their shell and participating in the dances. It was great!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We had a few of our athletes that were not interested in dancing so we tied in the dance to their structured free time, during which they could play activities they enjoyed.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Adults worked on getting dances that students voiced they were interested in.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We plan on letting students dance during their free time on Fridays and doing this again next year.