Young children have seamless amounts of energy. The challenge becomes how to direct their energy into something positive and constructive. At the Monument Crisis Center, students in the youth enrichment program can funnel their energy into dance, and reap benefits beyond exercise.
The hip hop dance class is led by instructors from Funk Mode. Along with learning routine dance numbers, the students have a chance to be active, build social skills, and form friendships as well.
Erick, is one of the students who has enjoyed this class to the fullest. His favorite part of dance class is, “doing different moves and doing the splits.” He also says, “dance is good” and it makes him “feel happy.”
Another dance student, Jasmine, says she “likes to dance hip-hop!” And, the classes also make her happy. Jasmine says she takes what she learns in class and applies it at home by, “dancing with my cousins.” Along with social and physical benefits, when children participate in dance classes it helps increase their appreciation for the arts. Practicing dance takes discipline and focus, so it also enhances cognitive skills, and the development of positive self-awareness and self-esteem. For the students at the Monument Crisis Center’s hip hop class, dancing is also about letting loose and having fun! If you’d like to contribute to our Youth Enrichment Program to keep the beat alive, CLICK HERE. We also want to say a big THANK YOU to the instructors at Funk Mode who lent their time and expertise to make this year’s Hip-Hop Dance Class a success!