Silver Bay Elementary School second-grade students were a blur as they spun, crawled, and somersaulted their way across the room during Dance to Learn. But the one thing that was clear throughout was the joy. Story and additional photos below.

The YA Arts Lab at Silver Bay Elementary School—an initiative implemented thanks to a grant from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and partnership with Young Audiences Arts for Learning—continued today with Dance to Learn, a residency program with YA teaching artist Laura Marchese.

Dance to Learn is an interdisciplinary and inclusive dance curriculum with the goal to advance dance education in schools and community settings. And on Thursday, Silver Bay second graders participated in multiple sessions exploring dance, movement, and personal creativity. Led by Marchese, and to a joyful soundtrack of Stevie Wonder hits, students jumped, skipped, spun, crawled, and laughed their way from one side of the open room to the other.

Prior to Thursday, as part of the school’s YA Arts Lab, students had explored the principles of hip hop with Hip Hop Fundamentals, and acquired drumming skills thanks to the Japanese Festival Drummers. More fun, excitement, and interdisciplinary learning awaits Silver Bay students this year, as well as the three remaining years of the impactful, arts-infused program.  

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