SEPTEMBER – “Getting to Know You”
We are so excited to be fully implementing the Wingman for Dance program to our studio for the coming season! Wingman inspires empathy, compassion, kindness and most importantly, acceptance of all children regardless of any perceived differences.
During September, we are performing various Wingman for Dance activities that help us get to know and respect each other and build a stronger sense of community within the studio. We hope the dancers are willing to share some of the interesting activities they have taken part in during the workshop.
This month we will focus on activities that help us get to know each other. The dancers will learn to appreciate how we all move in our own unique way with the “Name Dance”.
With the “Handshake Mingle”, dancers will engage in getting know more about each other and and we will ask them to discuss why they love to dance and what they will be focusing on working on this year in their classes.
By sharing “One Special Thing”, the dancers will have the opportunity to express something important to each of them and learn new things about each other.
In the “Friend Forum”, we will ask the dancers to reflect on how we can make sure no one in dance class feels lonely or left out and how we can be a good friend to someone new to the class.
How you can help: By discussing some of these ideas with your child, you will not only learn more about them and their thoughts and feelings on these topics, you will also help to ensure that these behaviors and attitudes become more comfortable for them to explore and extend.
Thank you for helping us to make this the best dance season ever!!
-Miss Katie & DIDC
Wingman for Dance is a program from Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan was six years old and had autism, and could be his best when those around him would be his Wingman. You can find out more at www.wingmanleague.org. Also, find us on Facebook (Wingman For Dance) and on Instagram @wingman4dance.