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Creative Drum Dance

By
Susan Tyner and Teresa Kenney,   Wellington El
Play:
Let's Dance!
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation
Creative Drum Dance

With the help of our PTA, we were able to introduce a new & improved dance unit to our students this school year called Drum Fit. In a nutshell, it's a fun, fast-paced fitness program that combines music, dance, rhythm, and cross-curricular learning. Students were having so much fun drumming and dancing, they didn't realize what an amazing workout they were getting. It was a huge success!

How did you accomplish your goals?

We wrote a grant to our PTA asking them to purchase 30 Drum Fit Units. This gave us enough for one class set. We still needed additional equipment for the other class, so we contacted our friends over at the district natatorium and asked them to start saving large buckets for us. The combination of the exercise balls and over sized buckets gave us enough materials for every child, and we were able to kick off our new dance program.

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

Our goal is to write another grant next year for 30 more Drum Fit units. This would allow every child to have the intended equipment for the program. I am scheduled to attend a Drum Fit Advanced Teacher Training Workshop this summer. My goal is to bring new dance routines each year that are current and relevant.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

In previous dance units, boys have been reluctant to participate. With our modified version of Drum Fit, ALL students were actively engaged. As a coach, I love how Drum Fit lends itself to creative expression and encourages students to cross the mid line and use both sides of the brain. There is certainly a direct correlation between physical activity and academic performance in our students.