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Last fall, middle school boys at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School learned the high kicks, spins, and quick dance moves of the Brazilian marital art Capoeira. The after-school workshop, offered by the Elm City Dance Collective and Connecticut Capoeira Center, was a hit with the students and welcomed by school faculty as an innovative way to engage boys.
“It was a pleasure to see the boys support and help each other gain confidence and learn about group interactions,” says Sylvia Petriccione, artistic coordinator at the school. “They needed to trust each other and work together as one unit. Their ability to focus and complete tasks improved with each workshop.” Continue reading.