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Dance Academy USA is leading the way to improve the mental health of young children in Santa Clara County

CUPERTINO, Calif., January 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dance Academy United States (DAU) in Silicon Valley is proud to report that it has provided uninterrupted service and support to young children, without fail, from the time Covid struck to the present day.

“When the county wouldn’t allow us to teach in person, our children needed their friends and dance teachers more than ever. Many parents thanked us for showing consistency and leadership during a turbulent time. “, said Jane Carter co-owner of Dance Academy United States and former NBA Warrior dance team manager.

“It was very early on, I think as early as April or May (2020), that parents were encouraging us to keep going, that dancing played a vital role in their child’s mental health during lockdown and beyond. It made us given purpose and determination to keep going,” Ms. Jane told School of Dance United States has been a strong advocate for Silicon Valley children since 1990, having served over 100,000 students during that time with an active pre-Covid student roster of approximately 1,500. The company has also been recognized by Dance Teacher Magazine as the #1 private dance studio in America.

A dance parent said, “Dance lessons kept my two daughters going last year and helped them have a positive focus during their day.” Another parent said: “It means so much to my daughter in these difficult times to be able to have a positive outlet both physically and artistically.” And a third parent told us: “Honestly, my child was mentally flying to a very bad place, DAU saved her, which frankly saved our family. We are eternally grateful to the dance studio.

Dance School United States has received dozens of such messages from parents over the past two years thanking company staff for their help in maintaining their child’s mental health.

“As of March 2020, we believe the county has acted irresponsibly by adopting a very narrow definition of the word health. Is it healthy to lock a child in their room for months? Is it healthy to deprive a child of the one thing they look forward to every week? Parents should be making those decisions, not 1-3 government employees without public scrutiny,” the co-owner said. Jim Carter. Carter was an All-American athlete at San Jose State, founding member of Intero and former CEO of HomeSmiles. “At the same time, the rich can work from home, the poorest of the poor have to go to work…which makes them even poorer, which leads to depression and mental anguish. I think the county has forgotten that part of the story. health equation.”

“When Covid hit, we gradually realized how important the dance studio was to the mental health of our students,” said Kim Barrette the Director General. The company kept its entire competitive team in place and about half of its recreational students. Jane Carter said, “No dance teacher likes to teach on the internet, but we had to, and we had to take our game to a whole new level. It was easy to see the kids were struggling, and the dance is really the one thing they’ve been looking forward to. Thank goodness we’re back in person. The kids are so happy!” noted Jane Carter.

“Our argument is one of a singular nature: that parents should make decisions about the well-being of their children,” said Jim Carter. “We have three adult daughters, but when they were 4, 5 and 9, I wouldn’t have wanted a government employee to dictate to us (as parents) what my daughters can or cannot do. I want to make these decisions with my wife,” concludes Jim Carter.

About the Dance Academy United States
Dance School United States is the largest dance school under one roof in the state of California and a five-minute drive from Apple’s new spaceship; the company has served the Silicon Valley dance community for 31 years and, according to its website, offers classes in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and breakdance. Dance School United States was founded in 1990 by James R. and Jane R. Carter; the business has since grown to six classrooms and a staff of over 60; Jane Carter graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Human Performance (Fitness) and a minor in Nutrition and Food Science; while in college, she was chosen by Dole Corporation to be the company’s ambassador to promote dance, modeling and aerobics in Japan.

After 24 years at Oaks Mall across from Anza CollegeDance School United States recently moved to the street, still on Stevens Creek and still in Cupertino at 19900 Stevens Creek Blvd. To find out more about the Dance Academy United States (DAU), please visit their website at You can also contact DAU by phone at (408) 257-3211 or by email at [email protected].

SOURCE Dance Academy United StatesLLC