Churchville Elementary School students were greeted by special guest instructors during their recent physical education classes.
Older students from Churchville-Chili Senior High School’s Dance II and Dance Excel classes were on-hand to share their passion for dancing with the younger children. Over the course of two days, students young and old came together for healthy movement and creative expression.
Churchville-Chili Central School District’s dance outreach program has been part of the holidays since 2011, first starting at Fairbanks Road Elementary School. This year, teachers Matthew Lapinski and Bethany Matsko organized the event for students at CES.
Dance II students prepared for their teaching assignment by creating their own choreography to “Hot Chocolate” from “The Polar Express.” They started their lesson by setting the atmosphere with their own festive dance presentation. Then, they taught the simple routine to the younger students. The session ended in a performance by everyone together.
“It is a great experience for both the elementary and the high school students,” said Janelle Hernandez, dance instructor. “The high school students enjoy working with the younger students and help make a connection through dance. It’s amazing to see the connections made in such a short period of time.”
The district’s high school dance program gives interested students an opportunity to explore various dance genres and styles, along with dance history and choreography. It serves as an option for students to work together and create pieces of art they can call their own.
The annual student dance recital features solos, duets and class routines. This year’s free performance is set for 7 p.m. on June 5 in the Churchville-Chili Performing Arts Center.