Dancing into the School Year

August 21, 2023

Just like that, back-to-school season is upon us! A time for students and adults alike to take advantage of new opportunities, challenges, and beginnings! Embracing the power of dance can be a fantastic way to prepare for the upcoming school year while cultivating habits that enhance your overall health and well-being. To ensure that dance remains a significant part of your life amidst the busy school routine, consider these enjoyable strategies:


Dance as a stress reliever


Having experienced the hectic and stressful nature of this season myself, I’m relieved to share that dance can be a remarkable remedy. Whether it’s a spontaneous freestyle session in the comfort of your bedroom or gathering friends for a group dance class, engaging in this physical and creative activity has been proven to effectively release tension, clear the mind, and recharge your energy. Moreover, dance acts as a powerful stress reducer by diminishing stress hormones and fostering a profound sense of well-being.


Finding your group


Discovering a circle of like-minded individuals with whom you can create cherished memories and share enjoyable moments beyond the confines of the classroom holds immense significance. By integrating dance into your extracurricular activities, you not only enhance your academic pursuits but also open doors to a platform for self-expression, teamwork building, and the nurturing of a vital sense of belonging. The advantages of participating in dance-related extracurriculars are truly boundless!


Dance as an education tool


To all educators out there, integrating dance into the classroom can be an enjoyable and potent teaching tool. By involving students in various subjects, such as science, history, math, and language arts, you not only enrich their learning experiences but also facilitate rapid retention of the material.


As we embark on the back-to-school season, dance enthusiasts of all ages eagerly embrace the rhythm of a new academic year. Whether seeking solace on the dance floor, participating in school-themed routines, or harmonizing academics with a love for movement, dance profoundly shapes the experiences of students and educators alike.


So, let us celebrate the invaluable role that dance plays in adding joy and vitality to the excitement of a fresh school year as students and teachers prepare to embark on this journey together.

The Author

Allison Fabrizio, B.A.

Education Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Analysis & Dance (Washington University, St. Louis, MO) Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York City, NY 2013-2020 Awards Jacob’s Pillow: Professional Advancement in Dance Award (August 2022) Washington University in St. Louis: The Professor Dietrich Gerhard Memorial Scholarship (Fall, 2021) About Allison Originally from New Jersey, Allison is a dancer and dance instructor trained in diverse styles ranging from Ballet to Samba. Formally trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, Allison has had the opportunity to dance with internationally renowned artists such as Anna Lederfeind, Beatrice Capote, and Vladimir Dvorovenko. Later, Allison decided to continue pursuing dance at Washington University in St. Louis while pursuing her professional goals as a dancer in many theaters across St. Louis City. She also holds a Professional Advancement in Dance Recognition from Jacob’s Pillow, an esteemed dance center in Massachusetts. Allison’s love of dance has sent her across the country, Egypt, and Mexico. She moved to Indianapolis in June 2023 and loves sharing her passion of teaching dance with Kb Fitness Solutions.

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