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Momentum Dance - Sport for Development

Momentum use dance to teach school children academic subject areas and develop life skills and creative abilities.

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13 years ago, a group of former dancers came together to found Momentum as a way to use movement, music and performance to teach school children various life skills.

Momentum is based on the National Dance Institute (NDI) and Jacques d’amboise, who founded this method of teaching dance to school children 35 years ago in New York City.

Momentum is an in-school, year-long program where two teachers and a piano accompanist work with the students through different movements, music and choreography. The goal of the program is to teach self-discipline, creativity, teamwork and excellence through continuous positive reinforcement.

I love the concept that it is integrated into the school day as a way to involve every student and include teachers and faculty. It is also a great way to incorporate classroom themes (water, health, food, history) into the dances. For example, last year the year-long theme was water and sanitation. The students focused on developing choreography around the story of the water sanitation process in their home town. This allowed the students to better understand water availability in their local area and come up with creative ways to express their new learnings. 

What are some other sport for development initiatives that incorporate education into their curriculums? How might we create education opportunities in non traditional settings?

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