MOVING: At Abercorn State School for the Footsteps dance program 2019.
MOVING: At Abercorn State School for the Footsteps dance program 2019. Contributed

Little footsteps for little schools

MULGILDIE and Abercorn state schools have joined forces again for their biannual Footsteps dance program, where students get to boogie and become a better person at the same time.

Footsteps uses dance a vehicle to develop students' intra- and interpersonal skills over a three-day program.

Mulgildie principal Kelly Low said students learnt coping methods for when they were feeling frustrated, angry or disappointed in an innovative way.

"Because the kids are learning things in a different manner, it sinks in that little bit better,” Ms Low said.

Specific topics for the program included active listening, problem solving, impulse control, peer pressure, decision making and managing frustration.

Younger students learnt a buddy dance to the song I'm a Believer by Smash Mouth, emphasising co-operation as moves had to be alternated.

Meanwhile, older students learnt a dance to Warrior by Havana Brown, which is about "fighting for what you want even if the odds are against you”, Footsteps' Amanda Sear said.

"The weight and energy behind individual moves were the focus of this routine as students take a journey through the dynamic ups and downs of the music,” she said.

Mulgildie hosted Footsteps alone the first time the program visited the North Burnett, but in solidarity with their fellow "small school”, Ms Low said, they had combined with Abercorn the previous two times.

Footsteps was held from Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, February 22 at Abercorn State School.


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