School Program Summary
Sharing Stars Ballroom Dance (SSBD) is Southern California’s official ballroom dance intensive program. SSBD is funded by student contributions, PFA contributions and Community Sponsorship Program. SSBD concentrates on 3rd 4th and 5th grade students who learn the International Style of ballroom dance. This not only provides physical exercise but also introduces a fresh way of learning about the world around them. Students in the program develop confidence and self-esteem and cultivate important skills such as communication, teamwork, respect, goal setting, leadership, posture, coordination and musicality. The 30 week curricular program involves regular ballroom dance instruction as well as classroom instruction in related subject areas including history, fitness, nutrition, socio-emotional skills and cultural connections. Students learn the Cha-Cha, Swing, Samba, Merengue, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Salsa, Hustle, Paso Doble, and Tango, and have an opportunity to participate in a culminating event as well as in In-School activities.
Fitness and Health
Dance is a wonderful way to promote physical fitness and personal development. The term DanceSport is used to describe ballroom dance in its competitive, athletic form, which in 1997 was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an Olympic non-medaling sport. Since then, the popularity of DanceSport has grown by leaps and bounds and can be seen on television shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. SSBD focuses on the International Style of Ballroom Dance, considered to be a foundation of ballroom, which has a universally recognized set syllabus that is taught world-wide.
The International Style allows students in SSBD to concentrate on learning a dance discipline and therefore begin to acquire the life long skills associated with studying this art form. It also provides an opportunity to connect with the world and participate in something that is shared globally. Through approaching dance as a discipline students receive social and emotional experiences that allow for personal growth.
Dance has proven time and time again to be a life long anchor and whether one experiences it for a short time or for a life time, the positive impact is immeasurable. We are proud to continue to set high standards and to have one the most rigorous, discipline-based elementary ballroom programs currently offered in any public school system in the United States. We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!
School and Community Benefits
Sharing Stars Ballroom Dance is funded in part by the community and sponsors like you!
SSBD is designed to make money for your school.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 12:16