Piedmont Arts brought Latin Ballet of Virginia’s Dance as Therapy to students at Albert Harris Elementary School, Oct. 4 – 6. The virtual program introduced ELL students and students with special needs to the joy of movement and the cultures of Spain and Latin America. Dance as Therapy develops imagination, memory, social skills, positive body image and problem solving while building confidence and promoting self-respect through artistic expression. Students were exposed to live drumming and dances to Caribbean and Latin music, which encouraged students to feel rhythms and understand basic dance movements and directions. Rhythm provides bio-feedback helping students experience increased sensory organization, attention and focus.
Latin Ballet of Virginia was founded in 1997 under the direction of Ana Ines King, a native of Colombia. A professional dance company and school, Latin Ballet provides multicultural dance programs, instruction and performances for a diverse community. It is central Virginia’s preeminent Hispanic dance company, performing throughout the state and at venues in North and South America.