Kim1Young Audiences‘ Keep it Moving program is a 35 session after school residency that emphasizes health and physical fitness through dance. Made possible through support from the General Mills Foundation, Keep It Moving is now in its second year of implementation and includes participants at Community Action Organization’s JFK and Edward Saunders after school sites.

Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, students have had the opportunity to learn different forms of dance while journaling about the healthy choices that they make each week. Teaching artist, and Licensed Practical Nurse, Cindy Hanna instructs students in dance workshops and leads discussion on healthy eating choices and the food pyramid. The process is documented in student journals, reinforcing each session and building literacy skills.

journal“I was shocked at how students were so into using the journals,” said teaching artist Sarah Haykel. “They are a great tool for self expression and recording what they’ve learned.”

At the CAO JFK site, kids have already learned Salsa with Sarah Haykel, African Dance with Le Ballet Touba, and are currently participating in Ballet workshops with Configuration Dance. At the CAO Edward Saunders site, Kip Ralabate taught social dance and  students are currently participating in modern dance workshops with LehrerDance.

Click here for more information about the Keep It Moving residency, or contact Young Audiences by phone at 716.881.0917 or by email at