"is one of the coolest programs a kid could have!" - Charlotte 

"is awesome." - Alan 

"is the best subject at school." - Farai 

"makes learning fun." - Madison 


Dance is so much more - it's a universal language, it's math, it's science, history, physical education and it is art! According to a 2005 Harris Poll commissioned by Americans for the Arts, "93 percent of Americans agree that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children."  It has been proven that this type of children's performing arts program enhances the academic achievement of students.


Benefits from Arts Education

  • Participation in music, the visual arts, and dance is linked to better performance in mathematics, science, and creative thinking.

  • The arts nurture social skills and increase motivation to learn.

  • Artistic exploration promotes the ability to pay attention for longer periods of time.


Arts Education in the Schools

  • Arts education benefits all students, and the benefits are greatest for students who are educationally or economically disadvantaged.

  • Partnerships among teachers, students, parents, and community groups are often strengthened by arts education.

  • The No Child Left Behind Act identifies the arts as a "core academic subject."


Source: Sandra S. Ruppert, Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Achievement, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Arts Education Partnership, 2006.


Measurable Results of Our Programs


North Carolina Arts in Action uses the unique teaching techniques honed for more than 30 years by renowned arts educator Jacques d’Amboise and the National Dance Institute, who currently reaches over 40,000 children annually in the United States and around the world. NC AIA teaching artists are thoroughly trained in these same techniques in both their initial in-depth training and on-going professional development with NDI – techniques that instill discipline, focus, tenacity and a high standard of excellence in elementary school children.

NC Arts in Action draws from evaluations, direct quotes from students, parents, teachers, and administrators to see if the intended targets have been met. Specifically, NC Arts in action has secured the pro bono assistance of The Link Group in RTP. Link has developed child-friendly assessment tools and in turn, will share them with WCPSS internal evaluation and research staff for further input and refinement. Gathering good data is a critical goal of NC Arts in Action. Program evaluation results for 2014-2015 will be shared in August.

Articles on Arts Education

National Dance Institute's In-School Education Programs Evaluation
Executive Summary

By Dr. Rob Horowitz, Associate Director of the Center for Arts Education Research at Teacher's College, Columbia University

Dr. Horowitz conducted an external evaluation of the National Dance Institute's (NDI) in-school program on partner schools, on student learning and classroom teachers, and elicited feedback from constituents on effective NDI teaching practice and program implementation. North Carolina Arts in Action is an affiliate program of NDI: New York.

Study Links Art Classes to Academic Achievement
By Lori Olszewski, San Francisco Chronicle

A Stanford University professor has found that youngsters who dance, act, sing and paint in after-school arts programs are more likely to win academic awards and achieve, yet most American students have no weekly arts education.



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