Artz on the Move uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
Children in Artz on the Move Step Out and SHINE While Artz on the Move has been hailed as an effective program for teaching social dance, the program provides many other benefits. Artz on the Move is about creating an atmosphere which allows students who are typically introverted and reserved, to step out and shine. It focuses physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills as it improves confidence and children’s ability to relate to others.
Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn. Our classes serve a diverse population of children and languages. Classes are conducted in English. All students are welcome; there are no pre-requisites and experience is never required. Artz on the Move's courses culminate in social activities geared toward family members, such as an evening dance for students with their parents, an assembly performance complete with literacy components, or a Ballroom Breakfast.