We are so excited to tell you that we will be continuing on with the Wingman4Dance program in our studio this year! This program fosters a sense of inclusion and acceptance throughout the studio. Our dancers certainly enjoyed all of the monthly activities last year as well as our Studio Sleepover and we noticed a closeness between dancers that stood out to us from this program. So of course! We will be bringing it back for our 2019-20 dance season!

Wingman inspires inclusion, empathy, compassion, kindness and most importantly, acceptance of all children regardless of any perceived differences.

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 their website. Also, find Wingman on Facebook and on Instagram .

September’s Wingman4Dance Activities – Inclusion & Acceptance:

During September we performed various Wingman for Dance activities that helped us get to know  each other in class. These activities help our students build respect for one another and build a stronger sense of community within the studio.

This month we focused on activities that help us get to know each other. All team bonding exercises were done in class and allowed students a little bit of social time before getting into those hard working sweaty time. The activities we used in class are listed below with their learning outcomes as well.

The Name Dance – The dancers learned to appreciate how we all move in our own unique way.

The Handshake Mingle – The dancers got to know more about each other and asked them to discuss why they love to dance and what they are focused on working on this year.

One Special Thing – The dancers expressed something important to each of them and learned new things about each other.

The Friend Forum Asked the dancers to reflect on how we can make sure no one in dance class feels lonely or left out and how we can be a good friend to someone new to the class.

How Can Parents Help?

By discussing some of these ideas with your child, you will not only learn more about them and their thoughts and feelings on these topics, you will also help to ensure that these behaviors and attitudes become more comfortable for them to explore and extend.