Kim Kays, the founder and executive director of Swing for Kids, is an experienced urban educator and avid Swing dancer who brought an innovative new program to her elementary students in collaboration with local Swing instructors. Her students loved the music and history of Swing, and developed dance skills in addition to learning discipline, teamwork, and creativity. After seeing the positive impact the program had on students, she became a champion for expanding youth access to Swing Dance Instruction, and Swing for Kids was born!
WHAT WE DO
Swing for Kids provides essential social and emotional and fine arts instruction to 3rd through 8th graders through the practice of Swing Dance. We explicitly teach prosocial skills like effective communication, empathy, collaboration, conflict resolution, and self-control. Our research-based curriculum is fun and engaging and promotes cultural competency, and health and wellness.
Our curriculum was designed by experienced educators and swing dancers as a developmentally appropriate supplement to music or gym class. We meet the Illinois State Board of Education Social and Emotional Learning Goals 1, 2, and 3, Physical Education goals 19, 21, and 24, Fine Arts goals 25 and 26, as well as the National Core Arts Standards in Dance.