Community Health, Youth Voices
After school programming helps to fill in for the Long Beach Unified School District, which has been forced to offer fewer courses in visual arts, music, dance, and drama. One local dance teacher uses hip-hop, Latin, modern, breakdancing, and contemporary dance to keep the art alive for children. He incorporates the historical and cultural background of each dance style to enhance students’ social knowledge beyond the dance steps. “We’ve turned the corner with the budget, and arts education in Long Beach is reemerging. This year we actually have started to add music back into the schools [where] we have previously suspended some programs…It’s much healthier than it has been in the last six years.” The story is on Voicewaves.