Louisa Van Haaster

The Benefits of Dancing

According to an article published by Berkeley University California dancing is one of the activities which not only serves a lot of fun in learning how to connect your brain with your feet on the rhythm of the music, but shows also that the mental and physical health beneficials for young and old are enormous.

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/fitness/active-lifestyle/article/many-health-benefits-dancing

That is why we have created an opportunity to learn children on a young age how to dance so they can profit from all those great benefits themselves and apply them to other people they will met during their lifetime.

The emphasis of our program is to create a form of WELLNESS in all its meanings to each child.

Wellness:

Wellness is a positive, affirming,mental, conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential

By applying the following 6 dimensions of Wellness any person will experience how each dimension interacts with each other what will contribute to a healthy and fulfilling life.

Occupational:

Occupational wellness is also the ability to achieve a balance between school, work and leisure in a way that promotes health, a sense of personal satisfaction.

Physical:

The ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.

Emotional:

To have a positive attitude, high self-esteem and create the ability to recognize and share feelings with others in a constructive way.

Social:

To create the ability to successfully interact with people in your community. Social well-being is enhanced by establishing supportive social networks through meaningful relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Intellectual:

Engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand your knowledge and skills and helping others to explore those skills also.

Spiritual:

Involves and enhances values and beliefs that provide a purpose in your live.

Finding harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.

Louisa Van HaasterThe Benefits of Dancing

Ballroom Dance for School Children

Dancing With Our Local Schools Program


 

We’re a non-profit organization which provides a ballroom dance program for school children in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California.

Dance is different because it is a universal language. It gives our children the outlet and opportunity to learn how to express emotions in a positive way. It helps improve their sense of body image, staying physically and mentally fit. You have to trust your dance partner and develop teamwork…and that is exactly what the power of dance provides. “Family Talk” magazine estimates that students who dance also perform better academically than their non-dancing peers, achieving higher SAT scores and doing better in math and science.

Our ballroom dance program designed for 4th-8th grade students in Southern California School Districts. During this 12 week, 20-40 hour program, students learn various styles of ballroom dance like the tango, salsa, rumba, swing and cha-cha.

Please join our efforts to bring this program to as many children as possible! It only costs $50 to support one child for a semester in this program.

For more information about our program or to make a donation please contact Dance 4 Wellness at (805) 991-6113

or email: info@Dance4Wellness.net 

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A few facts about our “Dancing with our Local Schools” program:

  • 3000 4th – 8th grade students from 15 schools have learned to dance
  • 400 students from 6 schools currently in our program from CVUSD & Charter Schools
  • We are receiving increasing demand to expand our program into the Oxnard, Santa Monica, Malibu School districts.
  • 1500 students and 14 schools were turned down because demand for our program exceeds our current budget.
  • Our program also includes partnering with the Cancer Support Community to bring the same sense of well being to those children who need it the most.
  • For the first 3 years  The Fordney Foundation which is a private foundation that provided all of the funds to make this all possible
  • We have now joined the Fordney Foundation in their efforts to bring this program to additional schools.
Louisa Van HaasterBallroom Dance for School Children