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ERIC Number: EJ1154271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Tap to Togetherness: An Innovative Family Relationship Program Reaches Ghana, Africa
Pentz, Julie L.
Childhood Education, v93 n5 p394-400 2017
Tap to Togetherness is a unique program designed to build and enhance family relationships through tap dance steps. Kansas State University researchers from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the College of Human Ecology, led by Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance, Director of the K-State Dance Program, developed the program. Participants attend 25-minute tap dance sessions designed to build family relationships, challenge body movement, encourage listening skills, reduce screen use, and encourage families to have fun together. The needs being addressed are significant. Many families with young children between the ages of birth to age 5 (pre-kindergarten) have limited access to enrichment activities that involve the entire family, something they can do together instead of putting their child in a separate room while the the parent sits in on a presentation. The primary focus of the Tap to Togetherness program is creating a positive, whole-family engagement activity. This article describes the structure of Tap to Togetherness sessions and how it recently expanded its global impact through a program in Ghana, West Africa. [This article was written with contributions from: Bernard Woma, Yaa Bekyore, Joseph Kwasi Fiagbe, Georgina Soku, Joyce Bekyore, and Windred Asamoah Navrongo.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana
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