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Jill Storey

Jill holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University. She has been on staff at the Leap of Faith Dance Company in Westerville, Ohio, since 2012, where she now serves as the assistant director.
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Benefits of Dance for Young Children

By Jill Storey on Jan 5, 2023 8:00 PM

Dancing is often considered an activity for a select few, namely those who have a natural ability for creative movement, those who are graceful, and those who gravitate towards music and have an innate sense of rhythm. In recent years, youth dance has also been portrayed in a certain way thanks to media exposure such as the popular Lifetime television series "Dance Moms." These platforms cast dance as a dramatic, competitive, and even sexualized activity for children and youth, especially girls. Through my experience as a dancer and dance instructor for the last 15 years, I have come to see that these two basic understandings of dance--that it is for a select few and that it is largely dramatic and competitive--are misconceptions worth dispelling.

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