BY LESLIE COLLINS, Northeast News
As the Holy Cross Catholic School fourth graders lined up in the gym, they couldn’t stop from smiling. They were ready to dance.
Their gusto felt contagious as they executed their choreographed moves to the live keyboardist, keeping in time to the music and chanting simultaneously. During one dance sequence they shouted the ways to be excellent in life, which included “work hard, do your personal best and never give up.”
Their May 8 dance performance was part of the pilot program “Take the Stage,” which is based on the National Dance Institute of New York teaching methodology.
“It’s founded on the belief that the arts have the capacity to inspire and motivate children,” said Rebka Sakati, artistic director of Take the Stage. “So, we are in schools taking high quality dance education to populations that might not otherwise have the opportunity to study the arts.”
Take the Stage is a high-energy, in-school dance residency program designed to uplift and inspire youth to excellence. Through a positive and dynamic experience in the arts we provide children the opportunity to discover the tools necessary to become successful in academics and in life.