As a teacher who participated in the Dance Immersion Program, I wanted to tell you what an amazing experience this has been for our students. The students were overwhelmingly involved in each class. They were willing to try and experiment with the lesson each week because the program was so well adapted to the needs and levels of each class. The elementary students were so excited to be learning different ways to move with their developing bodies. The middle school students were more apprehensive about the DIP classes. But, after they started taking the classes they too were enthralled. The students learned about muscles and stretching. In the beginning they could barely do it or were unable to do it, but with practice many could. I heard from a student that she has asked her parents if she could take ballet outside of school, because she loves it so much from the classes she took with DIP.Another student who was apprehensive about taking ballet, a boy, now loves that he is strengthening his body and will be better at basketball because of the DIP classes. The way the classes are presented has been terrific. These programs have been invaluable for our students who don’t get to experience these kinds of activities in their daily lives. Most kids learn to skip at an early age, but with our severely emotionally impaired children that’s not the case. Seeing the children progress and learn a new skill was such an amazing sight to see. Thank you so much for enriching our students lives.