Students in the afterschool program at Woodview Elementary got into the holiday spirit this week.
Organized by Communities in Schools (CIS) student support manager, Martha Sanchez, a choir group sang for the assembled parents and siblings who were invited to the event. Under the direction of Karina Vargas, another CIS staffer, a group of brand new ballet dancers also performed for the first time since their formation this school year.
“I used to dance when I was younger,” said Sanchez. “I’ve been wanting to get this going for a while.”
When Vargas was hired this school year, Sanchez discovered her new peer is a dance teacher, and the light bulb went on!
“These second and third graders have been learning and practicing [ballet] since August,” said Vargas.
CIS board member, Allison Gower, heard about the Woodview ballet group, and contributed dance shoes for all the dancers.
“My own kids are dancers,” said Gower. “I know how important it is to have the right shoes.”
She and Sanchez organized a Saturday bus trip to bring the Woodview group and their parents to the ballet supply store to get fitted for ballet flats.
The shoes and the dancers performed admirably, despite the nervous energy built into their first presentation. Many parents proudly took photos and videos of their aspiring dancers.
The ballet troupe will also perform on Dec. 18 at the offices of Woodview's partner, Archrock. Each dancer will receive a gift from the company following their performance. Archrock employees will also provide holiday gifts for three Woodview families.
Parents and students who attended the after school event shared their Collective Greatness and completed a community service project of making holiday cards for the independent living residents at Brookdale Memorial City. This outreach is sure to bring more smiles beyond the walls of Woodview Elementary.