After school program to help kids reconnect

After a disruptive year of lockdowns and online schooling, local dance school, JB Dance, is preparing to help kids reconnect this term with their newly expanded Dance Club program.

It is no secret that lockdowns have taken a toll on mental health and for many, social lives have become part of the fallout as the comfort of staying in has become almost too familiar.

“We understand the hesitancy of parents and students deciding whether to sign up to after school classes this year, but we want to help coax people back out of their shells,” said Jessie Byrne, Founder and Principal of JB Dance.

“Group activities, like dance classes, are beneficial to wellbeing,” she aid.

“Besides being a great outlet for expending energy after sitting at school all day, dance classes foster new friendships, coordination, and are very powerful in confidence building among children.”

Jessie founded JB Dance 13 years ago with a vision of creating a fun and friendly space that welcomes everyone, regardless of their skill level.

Since then, she has worked hard to bring this vision to life and grow a community of dance-lovers.

“It’s amazing to see the transformation in kids,” she said.

“Some start classes completely timid and shy, but after just a few weeks they’re confidently expressing themselves through movement.

“You really see their personalities shine.

“Many parents will agree that kids have had quite a lot of screen time over the past two years, so Dance Club can help to break that habit by offering up a healthy alternative that’s social and fun too.

“For parents, we’ve really considered the convenience factor as well.

“Our Dance Clubs are straight from school to save them from additional trips in the car with pick-ups and drop-offs.

“We’re just really excited to get kids back together again and hope to remove any barriers we can to getting them back to enjoying their after-school activities.”

JB Dance’s Dance Club programs begin on January 31 and are available at primary schools in Terrigal, Berkeley Vale, Umina, Ourimbah, East Gosford, Swansea, Kanwal, Wyong, and Wyoming.

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Media release, Jan 24

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