Be Your Best–Model The Way!

On November 18, 2014, My husband, Alex Havasi, and I (Marilyn Fordney) visited the Maple Elementary School in Newbury Park, California to watch the largest group of dancers that the Dancing With Our Local Schools program currently has.  As the students took their afternoon dance classes at this school, there were close to 90 students participating in the Dancing With Our Local Schools program. Dance instructor, Erica Arnold from Dance 4 Wellness dance studio greeted us. Most of the students in this program are 4th and 5th graders. Alex took photos to insert into this blog. Maria Durant owner of the Dance 4 Wellness dance studio visited along with two of her volunteers, Mia Bulcke and Louisa Van Haaster. These are some of the volunteers that will be helping at our upcoming showcase in December. One of the school instructors, Cheryl Babcock, who was instrumental in getting the dance program to Maple Elementary came to watch. Even Principal Juan Santos stopped by to catch a glimpse of the dancing students.

Erica has created a whole new vocabulary as she called out the various steps–“Ninja Hammer Lock,” “Cool kid hand shake,” “look under armpit when doing the right turns,” “Hi-5 and turn,” “open up to the calendars,” “open up to the kitchen,” and “rock step.” I chuckled a bit when hearing this new vocabulary.

As sponsors of the Dancing With Our Local Schools program, we felt proud of all of the students. We extend our best wishes to every one of them when they perform in the upcoming December 12th showcase that will be held at 5 PM at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, California.

Thank you Maria Durant and Erica Arnold of the Dance 4 Wellness dance studio in Westlake Village, California for making this happen and for preparing our next dance generation.  And of course, we really appreciate the help we receive from our volunteers.  Thank you Mia Bulcke and Louisa Van Haaster!

My husband and I feel wonderful watching the faces light up and seeing how these students reap the benefits of dance!  As you can see from our founder’s trips to our local schools, it is a fun and positive experience.  Why not attend yourself and see if maybe next year, your school can also be represented?!?

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website