Cool Schools: Dancing into Cochrane Elementary and Westport Middle schools


by Rachel Platt

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Cochrane Elementary School is doing something different, something extra to help students learn.

Chase Abell with Ballroom East has taught dance for 17 years and is teaching the performance dance team at Cochrane Elementary where 35 fifth graders have signed up.

This is their fifth lesson to learn all the right steps to the Waltz.

It's the third year for this arts program, which is now funded by an anonymous donor.

It takes some fancy footwork with a few missteps and luckily no bruises.

"It’s giving these students confidence, exercise and social skills," Abell said, "It’s teaching respect and manners."

The school principal is helping to lead the way, the students have big performance on May 16.

Across town, at Westport Middle School, what they call Arts Integration, has no books, just real people ranging from actors to dancers sharing their skills tied to curriculum.

Diana Dinicola is from Flamenco Louisville.

Diana said it allows them to get out of class, learn something exotic, stomp and be loud.

According to Principal Dr. Staci Eddleman, it’s learning the curriculum more deeply because by doing and having fun with a little attitude, students get to live a little and learn.