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Dance in Schools Initiative

Dance in Schools Initiative (2005 – 2008)

The Dance in Schools Initiative (DISI) was funded by the Scottish Government Health Department and aimed to get young people active, promote a sense of well-being and a respect for healthy living through a programme of in-school dance workshops.

The initiative also worked to ensure that teachers had the necessary skills, experience and resources to ensure sustainability of dance in schools at the end of the project through an in-service training programme and the provision of interactive dance CD-ROMs – AnyBodyCanDance (for ages 8 to 14) and the BAFTA-nominated 321Go! (for ages 4 to 7).

“I think this programme was fantastic. It is excellent that children can be active and learn current dance routines to current music. The tutors were very motivated and enthusiastic – an excellent programme, I hope you can come back.”
– Michelle MacKay, Murroes Primary School

Key statistics for DISI:

  • 12 full time Dance Tutors were employed for a 3 year period
  • Rolled out in 732 schools in 31 local authorities in Scotland
  • It got 234,817 young people aged between 5 and 14 active through dance

“Throughout the lessons there was a noticeable improvement in the children’s motor coordination and ability to interpret the music.”
– Oonagh Grassie, Scotstown Primary School

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