The Dancesport Confidence Program started in 2006 with the express purpose of uniting communities by teaching children to dance, as a way of building mutual respect, cooperation, partnership and responsibility. It has expanded over the last years from the original six schools in Sydney’s Southern Region, to over 50 schools across the Sydney region.
Results have driven this expansion. The program produces positive and lasting changes in student attitudes and behaviour, including improved learning. It leads also to a sense of achievement and builds self-confidence.
Principals and school coordinators of the program have reported that it:
- Develops of a new physical skill that may be further expanded
- Assists maturing by developing a unique set of social skills
- Improves communication skills
- Promotes a more positive style of interaction between teachers and students; and a strong sense of achievement through building self- belief and confidence.
Whether representing my country in the World Championships or competing on Dancing with the Stars with Olympian Legend Dawn Fraser… nothing has been more inspiring, more uplifting or fulfilling for me, than achieving such positive development of confidence, trust and respect between children through Dancesport Confidence. To experience the impact of developing confidence and social skills in children is to witness the fabric of their world change to a new level.