ROCKLAND — Superintendent Alan Cron and Principal Marilyn Smith are pleased to announce that the R. Stewart Esten Elementary School hosted the JLine Dance Crew for a special assembly focusing on anti-bullying.
The JLine Dance Crew, of New York City, performed two 45-minute performances at the Esten School on Monday, March 7. The dancers’ program included high-energy choreographed performances followed by a discussion period covering ways the students could lead more positive lives.
The dance company has performed at schools nationwide, promoting concepts such as treating others with respect and taking responsibility for your actions. Dancers perform for students of varying grades, from kindergarten to high school. Students are engaged by hearing dance music they can relate to and presented with positive ideals.
The group promotes the idea that anything is possible with hard work, an education and focusing on what you can bring to the world that no one else can.
JLine’s director, known as J-Line, found his love for dance at the age of 13 and hopes the assemblies will spark the same passion among students in the audience.
“The students were captivated by such an exciting performance,” Principal Smith said. “JLine does an amazing job of promoting the fight against bullying, and their message of inclusion and acceptance fits perfectly with the values and ideas we promote at the Esten every day.”
The three members of the group, including J-Line, Darby Fulcher and Carrie Lee, shared their own personal stories with the Esten students following the performance. They each explained how they have struggled at times in their lives but how important it is to find your voice and seek out your own place in the world.
To learn more about the JLine Dance Crew, click here.