Students learn manners, moves in ballroom dancing club
Washington Elementary School fifth-grader Braxton Payton has learned that if he wants a girl to dance with him, he must be polite.Posted — Updated
Braxton, 11, is one of about 60 students who belong to the school’s dance club. Teachers said they use the after-school club as a way to teach the students about exercise, etiquette and encouragement.
“It’s another form of exercise,” said physical education teacher Lynn Bitting. “We do bowling, tennis, lots of different sports, but I thought dancing would be something different for the children.”
The John Rex Endowment provided a grant to fund the program, which runs out next year. Bitting said she hopes to get enough funding to expand the program throughout Wake County schools. She said she wants the students to be able to compete like students do in New York City public schools.