Based on the award-winning methodology of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Dance eXchange uses live music and structured creative learning to teach Philadelphia students the basic vocabulary of dance, while fostering personal growth skills like self-confidence, focus, teamwork, and determination. Founded in Spring 2014 with a class of 24 students at Andrew Jackson School, the program has since grown to reach nearly 200 3rd and 4th grade students in the 2016-2017 school year. Dance eXchange brings two teaching artists and a live musician into the classroom twice every week for a total of 24 class sessions per year, and features a mid-way performance for students’ peers and a final performance on a professional stage for friends, family, and the community.
From a Dance eXchange Parent: My child used to sing and dance in the house but was afraid to do it outside. Since joining Dance eXchange she is trying to show the world she can dance.
From a Dance eXchange Classroom Teacher: Dance eXchange helped our students focus better and be more disciplined inside and outside our classroom.