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Exercise to Dance

Irma Platz,   Clover Elementary
Let's Dance!
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
Exercise to Dance
We have been successful in getting students to move and exercise by using dances as a tool. Our dances are held monthly. Our fourth-grade teachers even put together a special evening dance for our students and parents, which was very successful.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

PE teachers worked with students during their PE class to teach them some different dances to prepare for the monthly dances. Our fourth-grade teachers also had a family dance. Students were encouraged to bring their parents. Students got their parents out on the dance floor and taught them the dances. We had several staff members who came out to help. We had several teachers helping with other tasks and our music was the MC. I was recruited to run the music and lights for the dance.

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

I am truly confident that we will be able to make this play last for a very long time. Our principal and asst. principal totally support our dances. Students look forward to our monthly dances. Being that our parent/student evening dance was very successful, I foresee future evening dances with our students and their families. As long as I am working here at Clover Elementary, I will make sure that our school continues to have dances for our students as well as our parents.

How did you accomplish your goals?

First and foremost, the support of our administrators was the most important thing. I purchased and downloaded music to line dances and other dances our students learned. I bought lights to make the atmosphere exciting. I had to make it fun so that our students would be motivated to learn the steps. It also involves the cooperation of many teachers and staff members to supervise during the event. So many hands are used to make these dances successful so that students enjoy our events.