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DECEMBER – Gratitude

Dear Parents,

In our December dance classes, we are discussing what it means to go above and beyond for others and to be grateful. Their Wingman activity this month involves an “act of service” which enhances the understanding of gratitude and humility, and provides you with a surprise gift! We hope the dancers are willing to share the discussions they have taken part in this month around this activity.

How you can help:

Discussions at home that include the idea that going above and beyond for others can happen at any time of the year, not just during holidays, will help enforce positive behavior and gratitude all year round. Questions like, “what are you grateful for?” and “how did you show you were grateful today?” will help your dancer learn the importance of expressing appreciation and developing humility and gratitude.

Next April our studio will be investing in our community with give-back events, and over the coming months we would like to start collecting ideas for ways the dancers can be of service. These two websites are just an example that contain activities children can get involved with in the community to spark discussion with your dancer:

List of volunteering opportunities for teens by city

List of volunteering opportunities for kids

List of ways kids from toddlers to teens can volunteer

Detailed planning will begin in March so there is ample time for consideration and discussion. We will also be preparing a studio wide community event that we hope your dancer will want to be a part of.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the other instructors if you want more information about the Wingman program or have any questions or concerns about our December Activity.

Thank you,

Miss Katie & DIDC

Wingman for Dance is a program from Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan was six years old and had autism, and could be his best when those around him would be his Wingman. You can find out more at Also, find us on Facebook (Wingman For Dance) and on Instagram @wingman4dance.

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