Students from Shaw Avenue Elementary School in Valley Stream District 30 dressed their dancing best on March 9 to show off their moves on the dance floor through a series of intricate lessons.
Fifth graders practiced for months under the direction of teachers from Dancing Classrooms Long Island. In pairs, students learned how to step to the beat in foxtrot, merengue and tango. They also researched the origins of the musical genres, and select students presented their findings to the audience during the evening event.
Each class formed circles of girls and boys in the Shaw Avenue gymnasium for “Dancing with the Stars of Fifth Grade.” They paired up and performed the dances in unison before rotating to another partner. Meanwhile, loved ones in attendance cheered them on. The lessons in dancing helped fifth graders gain confidence in expressing their skills while also emphasizing the importance of collaboration on and off the dance floor.