The Youth Foundation, Vail Valley Foundation's education arm, and the Vail Preforming Arts Academy (VPAA) have been working with the children at Gypsum Elementary School for the last few months teaching them dance. After exposing all the children to the basics of dance, worming up, movement, rhythm, and coordinated partnering, the decision was made to separate the class into two groups. One would continue dancing with Anna and Colin from the VPAA, and prepare to dance at the annual Star Dancing Gala fundraiser. While the other half of the class would work with me and focus on general fitness and teamwork.
The experience has been great and lent itself to many teachable moments. Most importantly honoring and respecting diversity. All of the children I work with compose letters thanking Anna and Colin for the cultural experience and exposure to something novel. We look forward to seeing how all the children progress and watching Salsa & Tango this summer at the Star Dancing Gala this July!!!
Josh Leach, PwrHrs Staff and all around awesome person!