Created by a kindergarten class at PS 305 in Ridgewood, Queens
"I personally witnessed many of the practice sessions and culminating performances. A highlight for me was to watch the children perform as a collective class as well as perform their own individual segments that they were encouraged to choreograph. Overall, feedback from our Physical Education staff, grade level teachers and our parents was spectacular! The outcomes of the program also helped to reinforce many themes of our Social Emotional & Mindfulness curriculum."
-Linda J. Rozzi - Superintendent of Babylon Schools
"The dance experience illustrated the importance of each student's contributions to a team's effort while allowing for individuals to express themselves in their own ways. Our school focuses intently on the social emotional growth of students through classroom-based lessons and building-wide themes and Circle of Dance complimented this effort well."
-Travis Davey - Principal, Babylon Elementary School
"We at Learners and Leaders P.S. 305 are committed to working with Circle of Dance.
We have been delighted with the work they have done this year with our kindergarten and first graders. Students and teachers love the program. The program is very well organized and dances are developmentally appropriate. Our teachers, including special education and ESL, believe that Circle of Dance provides many positive benefits for the students. The program helps develop strong skills in following directions, memorization, paying attention and working together. The program is also helping our students with disabilities with learning and building perseverance through movement."
-Lynn Botfeld - Principal, Learners and Leaders P.S. 305
"Circle of Dance provides residencies for grades Pre-k - 5. Many of our students come from non-English speaking homes and begin with limited verbal skills and many learning challenges. This program helps students learn to focus, listen and respond to essential skills for all students by tapping into various modalities. Dance helps our students follow multi-step directions in a specific sequential order, bring stories to life through the dance and place the focus on movement as a vehicle for communicating."
-D. Giunta, Former Principal P.S. 154 Flushing, Queens
“The Circle of Dance program is wonderful. Every one of my students loved it. This activity was such a positive experience for all involved. I saw personalities light up and individuality that I have never seen before.”
-J. Schwarz – Teacher, Ostego Elementary, Half Hollow Hills S.D.
"The program encouraged the development of listening skills, gross motor skills and creative expression. Teachers were able to observe the developmental abilities of their students. This program meets NYS Learning Standards in both Arts and English Language Arts”
-Classroom Teacher - Sachem S.D.
“Every dancer has proven themselves many times over in their patience and dedication toward our students. It was, and always has been, a pleasure to work side by side with such a group of dedicated professional”
-Beth Smith - Physical Education Teacher, South Huntington S. D.