After school dance program helps young girls

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 02 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2:31:00 PM CST December 02, 2014 in News
By: Maddison Hill, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Boys and Girls Club in Columbia has one program that is helping young girls through different styles of dance. 

Nyah Adair is one of those girls. She is 11-years-old and she likes to dance.

"I like to dance because it's fun and I get to hangout with teammates and meet new people," Adair said.

Without the First Position Dance Group within the Boys and Girls Club, Naya might not have the opportunity to explore her newfound passion. Executive Director Valorie Livingston said the Boys and Girls Club offers after school programming in four core areas, healthy lifestyle, academic success, good character and citizenship. The dance program fits these areas while allowing young girls ages 6 to 18 the chance to give dance a try.

"The First Position Dance program is one of those programs that interests a lot of little girls that love to dance in ballet, and tap, and jazz, and hip hop, so we're very excited to be able to offer those opportunities to children that would not otherwise be able to afford or attend those kinds of programs," Livingston said.

Operations Director and Nyah's mother Nicolle Adair said The Boys and Girls Club dance program is one of the fastest growing programs. When it started in 2012 it had only seven members. Now, it has more than 50 participants and an ongoing waiting list.

"It has really grown and there's a lot of positive that comes out of it," Adair said.

These positive effects include bettering the health and attendance of the dance program participants.

"I've seen kids BMI lower, I've seen kids improve academically, I've seen kids that have attended the club 2 or 3 times in their first year, enter dance and then have an 88 percent improvement rate in their attendance," Adair said.

She said she sees some of these positive changes within Nyah.

"It's really exciting to watch her grow and mature and that level of discipline that it takes fundamentally to be in dance, it's really been exciting," Adair said.

Livingston and Adair both said one thing that often goes unnoticed with the dance program is the large of amount parent involvement that it has now compared to other Boys and Girls programs, although it didn't begin that way.

"There were probably 30 parents at our first holiday recital and at our last spring recital we had to move it to Alpha Hart Elementary School because there was probably over 100 people," Adair said. "There were grandparents, classroom teachers, there were community members and parents that were really engaged."

Adair said as a parent, it is her opinion that parents find it enjoyable to get involved with the dance program because of the sense of pride they feel when watching their child.

"I think part of it is parents evolve with the dancer too, part of our mission and part of what we want to do is be able to treat our parents holistically, so I think the whole family gets positive results from it," Adair said.

She said she even feels this growth when she watches Nyah dance.

"I don't know why we cry every time that they're in recitals or things like that and it's probably for me watching the work," Adair said.

One thing for sure is that this program has helped Nyah make big dreams for herself as a professional dancer among other things.

"Either that or a singer or if none of those work out I'll be a lawyer," Adair said.

The First Position Dance Group will be holding their next holiday recital on December 4th at Hickman High school.

More News

Grid
List
MARIES COUNTY - At the City of Belle Fair, officers arrested a sex offender carrying a stun-gun Wednesday night. ... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:47:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:33:33 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:28:02 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Run-down buildings, scuffed up sidewalks and empty lots are what people first see when they exit off I-70... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:23:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:20:28 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Japanese beetles are swarming mid-Missouri in the tens of thousands, wreaking havoc on gardens, crops and trees. ... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:18:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:13:07 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Wednesday, Governor Parson issued an executive order putting nearly half of the counties in Missouri under... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:12:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri state representative has unblocked a critic from her Twitter account after he sued. ... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:10:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman has been charged with letting men rape her 2-year-old daughter. Twenty-five-year-old... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:12:46 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
HARRISBURG - A town rocked by tragedy continues to heal after the man responsible for the car crash that killed... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:57:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse, and charges were filed in the... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:05:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a wind energy project.... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party filed an appeal to the ruling from a Cole County judge dismissing a... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
FULTON - In the span of one month, law enforcement responded to nine car crashes on Route F between Boone... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who caused the crash which left a Harrisburg teacher dead pleaded guilty Wednesday. Brandon Brill,... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:34:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:50:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:24:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
9am 76°
10am 78°
11am 79°
12pm 80°