Editor's note: The following article was written by MHS student Alexa Angelus, a member of the student newspaper, "The Kingsbury Chronicle." Angelus' piece is the debut of a new weekly series, "Warrior Weekly," that will appear every Wednesday on Medfield Patch.
You wake up, get ready, and set off to school, knowing that the next six hours of your life will be spent sitting down in a chair, possibly listening to lectures and taking notes. However, your day does not have to be like this.
With the new Ballroom Dancing class, students can have a break in the day and are able to get off their chairs to learn a skill that can be used throughout life. Not only does this class teach the importance of discipline, but it allows for students to interact in a different atmosphere.
In the class, the styles of dance vary. For example, students become acquainted with the tango, waltz, foxtrot, swing, hustle, salsa and cha cha. The songs that accompany these types of dance range from modern songs like “Blow” by Ke$ha to singer Frank Sinatra’s tunes.
Karen Renaud, the school’s ballroom dancing teacher, as well as the freshmen and sophomore Wellness teacher and Personal Safety educator, began dancing five years ago in Florida and has decided to bring her passion up north.
When asked what inspired her to begin this class, Renaud replied, “A few things. I have to say my own love of dance and the joy I’ve derived from it and as I started to learn, I realized what a great lifetime activity this would be for the students.”
Renaud also added, “It is very challenging and teaches healthy social skills that are good for the brain. Everything that we want to teach in Wellness is encompassed in dance.”
In addition to learning the dances in the school, the students will be showcasing their hard work for their parents, friends, administrators, and the Medfield Coalition for Public Education.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the Medfield Coalition for Public Education and the support of our administrators," Renaud said. "They provided the funding for training to get the program underway.”
MHS senior, Jane Nisbet, said she is enjoying the class.
“It’s refreshing after classes," Nisbet said. "Ms. Renaud always makes us smile.”
MHS senior Nick Feinberg also added, “[The class] keeps us motivated.”
According to Renaud, the students are “amazing and eager to learn and improve” and “concerned with becoming better dancers.”
As of now, the ballroom dancing class is solely scheduled for this semester, but Renaud is hopeful that it will be continued in the school next year. The students plan to attend several social dancing events on the weekends and will be taking a field trip to a dance studio to receive lessons from two professional dancers.