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ERIC Number: EJ759658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Saving the Last Dance
Douban, Gigi
Teacher Magazine, v18 n5 p29-30, 33 Mar-Apr 2007
This article features a 76-year-old dance program instructor Annie Lindsay. She has been teaching at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1970. Maintaining the dance program has become a personal mission for Lindsay. She could have retired long ago, but is afraid that if she does, Birmingham, Alabama's, last public dance school class may disappear. She has good reason for concern, says Larry Contri, the district's information technology officer and a former Ramsay principal. Birmingham's decades-long enrollment slide means the school system loses millions in state funding each year. District officials plan to reduce staff and close schools in the fall, and when that happens, core academics--not fine arts--will have to take precedence. For many of Lindsay's students, high school is the only place where they can study dance. "If we do not give our children the exposure to the arts,' Contri says, "many of our kids will never get it."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama