A Belfast nonprofit will use dancing to help kids overcome the pandemic’s social impacts

A Belfast nonprofit is using song, dance and movement to help local students who have only been to school during the COVID-19 pandemic learn how to build community.

Flying Shoes, Belfast’s contra dance and music nonprofit, is preparing to launch classroom programming for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade at Regional School Unit 71. The programming will help them build social and emotional learning skills through group dancing, singalongs and movement exercises .

Flying Shoes believes that dancing and songs have the power to help children learn how to build community amid a pandemic that has profound effects on their social and emotional skills.