ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Center Stage dance studio opens for classes Monday, where many students will walk through the doors for the first time.
While students will learn dance techniques, those behind the classes say they hope to benefit from in-person interactions. According to mental health experts, this is very important for children.
“I want all students who come here to know that they are welcome, wanted and loved. We’re here to help them grow and develop and we love to see them grow and develop, we’re here to help them,” said Tylene Nichols, owner of Center Stage Dance.
Nichols has a background in child development and hopes to use in-person interactions to help her students inside and outside the studio.
The executive director of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) in southern Arizona stresses the importance of extracircular activities.
“Learning to develop skills and resilience. That’s one of the great things with sports and with exercise in general, it makes you feel better,” said Christina Bickelmann, executive director of NAMI.
There are many extracurricular activities children can participate in to encourage social skills with each other. On Monday, the Center Stage Dance Studio season begins for boys and girls who want to learn, engage and express themselves through dance.
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