Gratefulness/Happy Holidays From School Partnerships Coordinator

by Katie Brines

I started with Design Dance as School Partnerships Coordinator just over three weeks ago, after moving to Chicago from a small town in Northern Michigan. I moved to the city looking to find meaningful work in the arts and for more creative opportunities as a visual artist.

And so far, Design Dance has provided me with a place to land and the beginnings of a community. As I travel from school to school, I get to observe a talented group of teaching artists creating an environment for positive, incremental growth within a diverse set of school systems in the Chicago area. I see students communicating and connecting with one another in new and different ways. I see laughter, playfulness, tears, and sometimes frustration. Most importantly, I see an outlet and the simple, yet profound benefits of being up and moving during the school day.

I feel deeply thankful for self expression and super inspired by the creativity of both the students and the Design Dance teaching artists. So during this Holiday Season I want to give thanks for this new community.

Wishing you and your families Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from Design Dance!

 

 Northside Catholic Academy Students in Ms. Laura's Storytime Ballet Show of their point skills! 

Northside Catholic Academy Students in Ms. Laura's Storytime Ballet Show of their point skills! 

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