Shake your Boody

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They danced to their own tune.

David A. Boody Junior High School’s dance students wowed on May 29 and 30 during a recital dubbed “The Life of a Dancer.” The school’s principal said the event displayed dexterity but also showed where rhythm and acrobatics fit into a well-rounded education.

“Through dance we’re able to do a lot of learning to support the math, the English language arts, and other core subject areas,” said Dominick D’Angelo.

The recital began with a video clip about the science behind shaking it, but soon students were jumping and jiving in numbers that illustrated what it’s like to live a life full of rigorous practice, trying auditions, and big, on-stage payoffs.

The school also screened a film that digital art magnet made in collaboration with dancers called “Children Serving Children.” The film documents eigth-graders who performed for young cancer patients at Maimonides Medical Center. The students first twisted and shouted for the young convalescents during a Brighton Beach Ballet recital at Kingsborough Community College, but when they found out the kids were actually too under-the-weather to come to the show, Boody students took their act bed-side and visited kids in the hospital.

Students said they wanted to use their gift to make the world better.

“Since we all have a passion for dance, we should dance for a cause,” said eighth-grader Mariah Fuentes.

The performance and gifts had patients dancing on air.

“It was really meaningful for the pediatric oncology patients,” said Godni Amir Liteman, president of A Free Bird, which helps young people affected by cancer.

If you missed the performances this year, you can catch it again in 2015, said dance instructor Jan Ford.

“My seventh-grades are already asking ‘why cant we do this?’ ” she said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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