Wingman for Dance inspires empathy, compassion, kindness and most importantly, acceptance of all children regardless of any perceived differences. Each month in the studio we will be incorporating Wingman for Dance activities within all of our dance  classes. This month we were excited to create Acts of Service Gift Cards for our families in the dance studio!

December’s Wingman Week: Acts of Service

In our December dance classes, we discussed what it means to go above and beyond for others and to be grateful. The Wingman activity this month involves “acts of service” which enhances the understanding of gratitude and humility, and provides a surprise gift for each dancer to give!

Each class we discussed all of the things our parents/caregivers do for us every day. From making our breakfast, to making sure we get to school on time, working hard to be able to buy us food and clothes, taking us to dance class, etc. Our dancers showed great awareness for all of the work that their families put in to make sure that they are cared for.

After this discussion our dancers were motivated to do something to give back to these people in their lives. The “act of service” gift cards covered a wide range…

“I will take the dogs for a walk.”

“I will babysit for free for 3 hours so you and Dad can have a date.”

“I will help clean out the kitchen cupboards.”

Even our littlest Teacup and Tulip dancers had the opportunity to give back to their parents the best way they knew how – with snuggles and cuddles of course!

Tulips decorate their acts of service card

Tulip dancers decorated their acts of service card!

How Can Parents Help?

Discussions at home can happen at any time of the year, not just during holidays. This will help enforce positive behavior and gratitude all year round. Questions like, “What are you grateful for?” and “How did you show you were grateful today?” will help your dancer learn the importance of expressing appreciation and developing humility and gratitude.

Later in the year our studio will be investing in our community with give-back events, and over the coming months we would like to start collecting ideas for ways the dancers can be of service. Please contact us with any ideas you may have. We will also be preparing a studio wide community event that we hope your dancer will want to be a part of.

What is Wingman for Dance?

Wingman for Dance is a program from Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley. Dylan was one of the first grade victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan was six years old and had autism. He could be his best when those around him would be his Wingman. You can find out more at Also, find Wingman for Dance on Facebook and on Instagram.