For two years, we've been teaching ballroom dance to 6th graders at Woodland Hills school district. The kids learn three dances, study the history of ballroom and give a presentation, and hold a dress-up ball for their parents at the end of the program. They also attend dance events in the area--some of them were able to come to our dressiest monthly social in threads donated from local bridal shops and Men's Warehouse.
Many thanks to Greg and Jan Smith for chairing our youth program.
(Bottom left: president Gretchen, top right: teacher Amanda, who leads our team of volunteers in ballroom instruction for the kids. Jan and Greg are to the left of Amanda behind some of our students!)
We also have a senior outreach program--our volunteers give popular interactive presentations on the benefits of dance. In addition to highlighting recent studies touting the memory-building and health benefits of ballroom dance, we usually have a few presentations given by competitors in sparkling attire and a short lesson in basic steps or line dance that gets everyone up and moving--fun for all involved.
(Some of our volunteers, left to right: Fania, Dennis, Bonnie, Ramona, Gretchen, and Rosemary)
Many thanks to Rosemary Traill for heading up our current outreach program; please contact her if you'd like to get involved.