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DAREarts Toronto Week-in-Review: January 19 – 23

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Tuesday: Welcome to the 19th Century!

Getting onto a bus at the crack of dawn is tough, but the kids are all smiles on their way to DAREarts!

Getting onto a bus at the crack of dawn is tough, but the kids are all smiles on their way to DAREarts!

The first DAREarts Day for our new Grade 6 Rexdale-area delegates welcomed the class into an exploration of 19th Century history. The class learned about Revolution, Confederation, and Voting Rights through thoughtful and energetic student-led debates. They were also fascinated to the many advances and changes to daily life that came along with the Industrial Revolution. While they were spellbound by how much Canada changed during the 19th Century, we can’t wait to see how their young minds will change the world!

Shout outs!

Shout outs to returning delegates Maia and Jordan who showed excellent leadership and support of our new delegates, plus a shout out to our new delegates Paula and Amita for their courageous participation and enthusiasm!

Thursday: Breaking with Confidence

B-boying takes a lot of inner strength... But also outer strength, too!

B-boying takes a lot of inner strength and confidence… But we can’t forget about physical strength, too!

The DAREarts Grade 8 class met with renowned b-boy Lee ‘Lethal’ Pham. As a b-boy who has performed around the globe representing Canada, Lee helped the delegates overcome their own nervousness as they learned breaking movement by movement, putting together a synchronized group performance piece. While the complexity of breaking made the delegates nervous at first, they encouraged each other to find their own inner discipline and strength, and they were each able to embrace the challenging movements wholeheartedly. Take a look at their dance after less than two hours (!) of time with Lee:

Shout outs!

Shout outs to Daniel for showing courageous participation and complete commitment to today’s dance, to Zamaerra for being a supportive partner and encouraging her peers throughout the entire day, and to Taveka for using her inner discipline to memorize all of today’s moves and for keeping everyone on track!

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