Our Kinderdance Team will be offline until November as we meet the many demands of our growing team. We are happy to announce we are expanding and look forward to the many exciting events to blog about upon our return!
“Seeing new patterns and possibilities is the essence of creativity . . . If we are merely competent – even if our competence is world class – we will not be able to produce the new services or products that are path breaking and highly desired . . . Creativity, innovation, and flexibility will not be the special province of an elite. It will be demanded of virtually everyone who is making a decent living, from graphic artists to assembly line workers, from insurance brokers to home builders.”
NCEE - National Center for Education Evaluation
Each Monday, as I prepare for the week ahead, I go through my dance bag to make sure all is in tact for the tots I teach. I am always struck by all that goes into a single class and how my word cards, colorful stuffed animals and tambourine sits right next to my ballet shoes. I love that through my journey in life as a dancer I have rested in the sweet spot of early childhood education. Dance has become the tool I use to open space for the learning of a child, and Kinderdance in particularly opens pathways (kinesthetic, visual, auditory) through its use of dance and movement integrated with academic learning. All children have the opportunity to become engaged, interested and successful. By introducing children to multi-faceted curriculums we support multi-faceted intelligence or better yet … 'multiple intelligences'.
In Early Childhood News, 'Why Art is Important in Education' , the author Connie Bergstein Dow explains Howard Gardner's theory on multiple intelligences, 'Multiple intelligences identifies the linguistic and mathematical intelligences, but in addition to these,
[is also] the musical, naturalist, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligences '
As explained in a recent article in the Journal of Dance Education, “the more intelligences we use, the more holistic our understanding. So it stands to reason that teaching methodologies that involve multiple intelligences will educate students more fully. Creative movement interweaves many (if not all) intelligences simultaneously.”
So … off I go to teach the first class of the week … knowing it will benefit each child for the rest of their lives. I love my job.
Thank you Miss Lee for all your sharing on our KD Blog. Best of luck in your new venture and new school year!
The Kinderdance New School Year is in full swing. The Kinderdance Team will be participating in demonstration at all our locations over the next four weeks. We look forward to dancing with all our friends returning from the previous session and meeting new friends dancing with us for the first time!
We will have new blog entries each Monday and Thursday and welcome any comments along the way. Your children will return with fun stories and re-enactments of all the fun and learning experienced in our demonstrations. We would love to hear from you!
HIt comment to submit!
My past year of Kinderdance has been an incredible journey filled with many life lessons in dance, teamwork, integrity, and community.
If I were to give the next Kinderdance instructor (4) points of advice, they would be the following:
Discover hidden joys... Each class is full of challenges, take the time to reflect on what brings you and the children joy.
Support your teachers...they are your biggest allies, and their time is precious.
Trust your team...they will be there to help and support you no matter what. The heart of Kinderdance opens wide through teamwork.
Know that your worst day could be a child's best...Every day is another chance to change a life in your community.
With all of this being said: I would like to announce, bittersweetly, that I will be leaving the Kinderdance team physically, but not in spirit. I will be a dance teacher at Vanderlyn Elementary School this fall. It has been so wonderful to teach your children, and I truly hope to "see you later". Keep dancing, smiling, and being you.
Shasta Bridges is a certified early childhood movement specialist and Founder/Director of Kinderdance Atlanta. With over 30 years teaching experience in all ages and genres, Ms. Shasta holds a special affinity for teaching to young children.