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By the end of the school year, this project will help increase dance student engagement in their magnet arts focus, by providing proper dance attire. If students feel more comfortable in the right clothing, they will, in turn, be more focused and committed to the program.

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Suncoast Unifies Dance Students

School:
John Hopkins Middle School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Erin Cardinal 
Students Impacted:
50 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 5, 2019

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Suncoast Credit Union - $750.00

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Goal

By the end of the school year, this project will help increase dance student engagement in their magnet arts focus, by providing proper dance attire. If students feel more comfortable in the right clothing, they will, in turn, be more focused and committed to the program.  

 

What will be done with my students

Money from this grant will go towards purchasing dance clothes and shoes for magnet focus dance students at John Hopkins Middle School. Students in the dance program take technique classes every day in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and Progressing Ballet Technique. This funding will assist those students whose families may not have the means to purchase the required dance attire: leotards, tights, and shoes.

The timeline for this request is immediate. Many of the students are coming to class without dance clothes and participating in their school clothes. Occasionally students that dance in their school clothes do not participate at all because of the restrictions regular clothes have on a dancing body. This grant could become an annual request since new students enter the program every year and many of them need help purchasing dance attire.
 

 

Benefits to my students

For dance students in a magnet performing arts program, proper dance attire is an important element in their dance education. The proper dance attire enables the teacher to see the dancers' positions and movement in order to give necessary corrections to help the dancer advance in their craft. It creates a professional environment in the studio and helps the student understand that they are coming to a structured class, ready to learn. It also ensures that the dancer is appropriately covered, and the clothing is not a distraction, restriction or safety hazard during class. Finally, having the proper dance attire establishes pride for the art form they study and provides a sense of a “team” within the studio, much like uniforms for sports or band.
Dance shoes are equally important when studying dance.

Along with the reasons mentioned above, ballet and jazz shoes allow the dancer’s foot to properly and safely perform the necessary movements in the respective techniques. There is no substitute for dance shoes in technique class. Socks are a hazard as they are too slippery on the studio dance floor and street shoes do not allow the dancer’s feet the proper mobility.  

 

Describe the Students

The students in the John Hopkins Dance Program are an eclectic group of dancers that come from all over Pinellas County. A large portion of the students are members of low income families from the south side of St. Petersburg with many on free or reduced lunch. The student demographics in all dance classes are 50% or higher minority, on average. Their academic records vary, most of them on grade level or just below.

Having the opportunity to study dance in school as a valid, important art form during their academic day is extremely important. There are many studies that show physical activity boosts academic performance. Students who are more active, demonstrate greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized tests than those who are less active. Dance is more than just physical activity. It is a vehicle of self-expression and creativity. The National Dance Education Organization cites that “Through dance education, students develop focus, concentration, discipline, creativity, problem-solving skills, self-assessment skills, and the desire to do well. In addition, students learn to remember patterns, sequences, relationships, forms, and structures. These transfer into other areas of learning and achievement. Many of the Multiple Intelligences proffered by Howard Gardner are addressed in the core dance experience. It has been demonstrated that children who are kinesthetic learners learn effectively through movement experiences. It has also been found that many children from multi-cultural or minority populations are kinesthetic learners (Park, 1997, 2000, and White, 1992). As these populations expand in American schools, dance education can help close the gap to equalize academic achievement among students.”

I include all of this information, because I believe that dance class is time well spent and an education worth having for all students. It is essential that they have the proper attire to do so.  

 

Budget Narrative

All of these items are found at the website: https://www.discountdance.com/search/teacherid:125251?ListID=164344

This website is a discount dance supply company that allows schools to set up their own school store. When items are purchased from the store, 10% of the sales goes back to the teacher to purchase additional items. By purchasing the items listed in the Budget List, I will receive $99 to put towards more dance attire.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
  Total: $750.00

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