OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/28/13) - Fredriche Nietzche once said, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Owensboro Public Schools and the Owensboro Dance Theatre have the same idea.
Owensboro Dance Theatre instructors are going into elementary schools to teach a dance fundamental program that will last 18 weeks. The instructional program started with physical education teachers and volunteers in only the middle and high schools, but now, the full-curriculum course is moving to the younger age group The course is taught by talented ODT alumni like Ashley Ayer, a former New York City Rockette.
The course will not only teach the children ways to live healthily, it will also teach them choreography. This year will be the 15th year OPS students have participated in the Fine Arts Festival, now at the RiverPark Center. In March and April, groups elementary, middle, and high school students will perform a “Soul Train” themed dance number with tons of “art and soul”, according to OPS Fine Art and Performing Arts Specialist Thomas A Stites.
Stites told SurfKY about OPS’s dedication and commitment to making sure that every child has the opportunity to be educated in fine arts.
“Every child deserves great art activities,” Stites said.
The program can even open the students’ eyes to new talents. Children that are gifted in performance have received scholarships from ODT and performed on the stage with other talented dancers.
Starting from 15 dancers to currently over 200, the program is said to be a great success.
“It just keeps getting better and better,” Stites said.
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