New Mexico Dance Institute Shows how to Put Healthy Movement Into Classrooms

Pilot testing a dance training curriculum to increase physical activity among school children

National Dance Institute of New Mexico pilot tested, refined and evaluated a dance training curriculum designed to help elementary school teachers increase students' physical activity by incorporating movement into all their classes, not just physical education.

It also developed a training website with teacher comments, a schedule of classes and a link to the train the trainer manual, Hip to be Fit.

Key Results

  • Approximately 71 Santa Fe public school teachers completed a series of six dance training workshops.

  • Approximately 80 teachers from school districts across the state completed intensive workshops at various locations; several trained one on one with instructors in school.

  • All the trainees said they had implemented some of the new curriculum in their classrooms, with 81 percent claiming to have used at least half of it.

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