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Children Learn More Than Dance Moves at Ardmore Dance Class

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A world renowned dance group from Dallas is teaching kids in Ardmore the latest dance moves, and for free! Meredith Saldana visited the class and has more on their story.

The class is offered on Thursday's during the PE or physical education hour, to any middle school or high school students interested.

It's an Art Education Outreach Program provided by the Goddard Center, in Ardmore.

The center took donations made to the center and brought in the Artistic Director of the Dallas Black Dance Academy.

Joann Moore, with the Goddard center, says, "Because of economics and the recession there are families that could not afford dance and we make it totally free to the children."

Dallas Black Dance Academy travels the United States teaching children the latest dance moves.

"I learned how to do some more Michael Jackson moves," says 6th grader, Christopher Banks.

But for several of these children, these lessons go far beyond the dance routines.

Irene Rodriguez, and Ardmore 6th grader, says, "I learned how to get out of my comfort zone. Not to be shy any more in front of people."

Dance instructor, Allyne Gartrell, says, "That's exactly what it's designed to do. To give them comfort, to give them that confidence to be able to stand in front of people and to be proud of yourself. Proud of your own accomplishments."

"It's a great opportunity for children. We've noticed so much improvement. Kids coming out of their comfort zone, the bashfulness. It just works for everybody," says Moore.

The kids tell me it's a PE class they look forward to attending!

"It's fun and it's helping us to do other stuff," says Banks.

Sydney Joe adds, "I learned how to kick my leg up just a little bit higher, just a little bit."

Some of these students will be featured in a performance with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre in March at the Goddard Center.

Grant funding for this year's Outreach Dance Program was provided by The Daube Company, Dr. and Mrs. James Turrentine, Hulme Rahhal Henderson, Inc., The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Ardmore Higher Education Center, American National Bank, Chickisaw Nation, Howard and Jean Drew, Tom and Nancy Dunlap, Susan Gonzalez, Kiwanis Club of Ardmore, David and Elizabeth London, John and Joann Moore, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Wal-Mart of Ardmore, Washington Dental Clinic, Community Foundation of Ardmore, The McCrory Foundation, The Merrick Foundation, Michelin-North America, The National Endowment for the Arts and The Oklahoma Arts Council.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News

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