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Economedes Dance Video

Marisa Betancourt,   Johnny Economedes High School
All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
We were asked by our Instructional Practices teacher (who was asked by Lally Carbajal of Dairy Max) to develop, perform, and record an exercise dance video for kids in elementary. The video had to be three minutes in length and had to contain catchy songs with kid friendly dance moves. I didn’t realize at first how challenging this project would be. Not only was it going to be physically demanding but using leadership/teamwork skills were a must if the video was to be a success. The easy part was picking the music. The class was able to choose a song w/out much debate. Developing, learning, and teaching dance steps was where the real challenge lay. Discussing, compromising, and applying the steps with 23 students put our teamwork to the test. We learned that to make a successful product, we had to listen to one another’s ideas and come up with a solution that everyone was onboard with. While trying at times, we were able to accomplish some pretty amazing dance moves. After a week, the video was complete and we realized that not only had we designed and performed a terrific video, we were stronger mentally and physically. Learning and performing dance moves everyday for 70 minutes got us in great shape. Thank You Fuel Up to Play 60 for the amazing experience! 

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

We attend Travis Elem with my Instructional Practices class. We have been doing “Brain Breaks” with the students for the last two school years. OurPplay not only energized us in the commitment to “Brain Breaks,” but also showed us the difference exercise makes on us physically and mentally.