The Dance Foundation

Contact

Rachael Inman

Artistic Director
http://www.thedancefoundation.org (205) 870-0073
1715 27th Ct S,
Homewood, AL 35209

Every.Body.Dance - Our mission is to teach the art of dance to all, inspiring creativity, curiosity and confidence.

Dance for Pre-K: Our dance teachers and musicians teach our uniquely developed Movement to Music curriculum which engages young children to gain developmental skills that they will need in elementary school. Working as a group; taking turns; offering ideas; and learning to hop, skip, jump, and gallop – all are skills taught with stories, songs, and colorful props. All children in a class dance together through the school year in weekly classes, and some sites dance with us for the summer months, too.

Dance for Children with Disabilities: Every week, we teach children who have physical and cognitive developmental delays, Downs Syndrome, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy. We teach children at sites which serve children with disabilities using our Movement to Music curriculum. These classes have joy and individual growth at their core. Every week we see them participate more, walk and jump on their own, find balance and coordination – all while singing and having fun! These classes are taught with live music, which is key to engaging children with learning differences.

Brain Body Balance is a new curricula designed to promote wellness, integrating mind, body and spirit to develop a healthy sense of self and social – emotional connection with others. Launched in Summer 2020 with Hall Kent Elementary’s summer academic intervention program, this integrated curriculum responds to educator requests for ways to encourage healthy communication skills and social-emotional learning. Body Brain Balance provides fun and interactive ways to meet these goals: improve student attitudes, behaviors, individual responsibility, confidence, engagement, emotional awareness, and communication skills such as active listening and mindful response.

Dancing With Words: academic support for Language Arts: Children learning English in the K-2nd grades dance with us using our curriculum designed to build language skills in tandem with dance skills. These students have little or no arts education in their school. Students in several area elementary schools participate in weekly 30-45 minute dance classes for a series of weeks as part of the school day. The curriculum is designed in collaboration with classroom teachers to support language arts goals: As they dance, students physicalize language elements such as prepositions (over/under); reading, comprehension, demonstrating language skills; and movement patterns.

Dance for Children Who Live with Challenging Circumstances: We partner with several community agencies to teach children in our who are experiencing homelessness or live in transitional housing, live in poverty, or live away from their families for their health and safety. Dance offers a safe and affirming space to explore creativity and gain healthy social skills.

Math in Motion: provides four weeks of movement classes that meet dance and math standards for 3rd and 4th grade students.