Teaching is a way of life – a profession that calls people to action and to make a difference in the world. Students are the future. Mine motivate me because, through them, I am shaping our future society. Teaching dance is more than learning choreography and increasing strength – through this work, we learn communication, community and collaboration. I help them extend their focus and interests beyond themselves to the broader sphere, to include others. They learn the power of their artistic voice – that their choreography and performances can be heard and felt beyond their immediate surrounds. This framework has served us well by challenging students, immersing them, provoking thought, stretching their bodies and minds beyond the bounds of a traditional curriculum towards a higher plane of interacting in the world with others. ~Dina Denis
Dina speaks about her work as a dance educator Long Island High School for the Arts / Nassau BOCES
Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Instructor
Creating and implementing a dance and literacy curriculum.
Taking Jerome Robbins' Opus Jazz into the New York City Public School dance class.
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National Honor Society for Dance Arts at Long Island High School for the Arts / Nassau BOCES
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