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10 Easy Ways Dancing Can Make a Difference

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Last year about this time, I suggested a few ways to help others through dancing, like creating a dance about an issue you feel strongly about, recording it, and posting it on YouTube, or going to a dance performance and blogging about it. Dancing can be a powerful means of expression, invoking emotion, and raising hope. Let me, if I may, add a few more ideas on how you can make a difference through dancing.

10 Bite-Size Ways to Help Others Through Dancing

  1. Teach your kids a simple dance routine, or have them help choreograph it, then put on a little performance, charging for admission a small contribution to the Global Village Project.
  2. Make a little obstacle course that your kids have to dance through to complete.
  3. Play "Just Dance" in Just Sweat mode for at least one half-hour.
  4. Call the president of your school's PTA/PTO to see if they're sponsoring a dance or dance competition, as a way to encourage physical fitness and fun community behavior, and ask if you can help out either at the event or in its preparation.
  5. Like CoachArt on Facebook. CoachArt is a nonprofit that provides free lessons to kids with chronic illnesses in activities like music, photography, yoga, martial arts, acting, dancing, and cooking.
  6. Make a resolution to dance more, and post it on P&G's Everyday Resolutions site.
  7. Tweet about the Shimmy Club, a nonprofit in Miami, Florida that provides instruction in dance from various cultures to people with disabilities, or put their badge on your blog.
  8. Watch this video of a traditional Maori dance.
  9. Watch the flames of a virtual candle "dance" at Each candle brings attention to the plight of homeless kids and encourages people to make a donation to Covenant House so that they can provide life-saving services for a kid on the street in the U.S.
  10. Fill a shoebox with dancewear for a young girl and send it to Operation Christmas Child, which puts together Christmas gifts for needy children all over the world.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • Have you ever done any of these things? How did it go?
  • What other acts of service have inspired you?
  • How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week’s challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
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