EDISON — Macada Brandl of Fanwood, Upper School Latin and mathematics teacher, brought her dance expertise to the Lower School Physical Education Department and enjoyed teaching rhythm classes to Pre-K through second grade classes this spring.
Brandl has performed and choreographed modern, ballet, and musical theater works throughout the East coast. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography from Florida State University.
She wholeheartedly believes that an education in dance enables personal, physical, intellectual, emotional, artistic and social development for each student and inspires good work habits and healthy lifestyle choices. Students involved in dance education create, perform, and produce on the one hand, and study, analyze, and reflect on the other.
Dance also enhances skills of perception, observation, and concentration, all of which help students other school subjects. Dance allows people to move, think, and feel simultaneously. In no other subject do students learn to express themselves and communicate through movement, a natural means of expression, especially for children.
DANCE MOVES … The first grade students respond to Macada Brandl’s dance instructions during a physical education class. Photo by Bill Jenkins of Oldwick
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