Washington, D.C. – Wizard Girls Jasmine, LaToya, Nicole and Talene participated in Hendley Elementary School’s Arts Alive! Day on Nov. 9. Arts Alive was the first experiential learning day of the school year for students. Hendley Elementary, located in Ward 8, is the adopted school for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and its teams.
The Wizard Girls worked with three groups of students, one kindergarten and two third grade classes. Each dance class began with stretches and an ice breaker, including a freestyle dance circle to “Hair Up” from the movie
and “Juju on That Beat” covered by KIDZ BOP Kids. After everyone was warmed up and excited to learn, the Wizard Girls taught a short dance to the KIDZ BOP Kids version of “24K Magic.”
Each dance class was full of quick learners and talented dancers, some adding their own choreography like starting the dance with pushups. Students cheered on their classmates as they performed in pairs and small groups and shared laughs if they tried to perform without help from the Wizard Girls. The classes ended with a group photo and lots of thank you high fives and hugs for their dance teachers.
Arts Alive! is a day of experiential learning in the arts where every student in the school is given the opportunity to actively engage in two to three visual and performing arts activities. This year Hendley welcomed 14 different partners to the school to create some magic for the students including the Wizard Girls, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dancing Classrooms, storyteller Dian Macklin, Inner City Inner Child artists, Lesole's Dance Project and others.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.
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