October 31, 2016—Tuesdays and Thursdays have been a foxtrot of fun after school in the gym at Abram Lansing since the beginning of the school year. That’s where several of the school’s fourth and fifth grade students get their boogie on with the ballroom dance instructors from the Capital Region’s Dance Crazy, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring the sport of ballroom dance into schools and provide children with a lifelong resource to increase self-esteem, confidence and physical activity.
Principal Cliff Bird sought out the Dance Crazy program to continue to foster his students’ love for arts and culture.
“It’s so much fun. We’re learning the jitterbug, waltzes and the tango,” said Bird. “I have a number of students participating and we’re really excited to show off our skills in November.”
The “Dance Crazy Kids’ Party” is the celebration Mr. Bird is referring to. Students in the program are invited to celebrate and demonstrate their new dancing talents to family and friends on Sunday, November 20 at the Colonie Elks Club.
The Dance Crazy program runs for 10 weeks, and the usual cost for schools is $1,500 per year. This year at Abram Lansing, the program is being offered for free.
Dance Crazy began in 2005, and schools throughout the Capital Region have been participating since then. Along with Abram Lansing in Cohoes, Dance Crazy is in elementary schools in Scotia-Glenville, North Colonie, Rensselaer and Shenendehowa this year.