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What is social emotional learning (SEL)?


Social learning is about understanding relationships and emotional learning is about understanding our own and others' emotions. Our amazing social and emotional skills are the foundation of all healthy relationships. Being aware of our own emotions helps us to label, understand, and manage them. Recognizing and understanding others' emotions is at the root of empathy, kindness, and being able to take another's' perspective or stand in their shoes! As children grow up, they learn more and more about their own feelings and needs, about how understand feeling and perspectives that are different from theirs, about how to respond to others' needs for help, and about how to resolve conflicts that inevitable arise between us.

This SEL tool kit helps to foster the development of social emotional learning. Children learn to label and understand their own and others' emotions, to understand how emotions feel and change in different situations, and to understand that peer conflicts can be resolved!




Will the WITS IN MOTION resources be available in my language?


WITS IN MOTION is currently available in English and in French. Suddenly Dance Theatre is fundraising to expand the language-base and distribution of WITS IN MOTION to reach more youth worldwide. Charitable donations are now being accepted to support new language translations. Visit our website for details: https://www.suddenlydance.ca/donations




Who is Suddenly Dance Theatre?


Suddenly Dance Theatre is a charitable non-profit society formed in 1992 in Victoria, BC Canada. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary as a creator and producer of dance, theatre, and media led by Founding Artistic co-Directors David Ferguson and Miles Lowry. Our work supports the development, creation, presentation, and preservation of the arts through collaboration and diverse media to reach the widest possible audience. Our touring activity of original ‘made-in-Victoria’ works has allowed us to be proud ambassadors worldwide. We are also known as the producers of the Romp! Festival of Dance (20 Festivals). The WITS IN MOTION initiative aims to engage youth and community education through dance and media; create a lasting legacy exemplifying the WITS programs; and disseminate dance to the widest possible audience. www.suddenlydance.ca




What are the benefits of non-verbal learning, role-play, and dance for learning social and emotional skills?


Children learn continuously about their own and others' emotions and how to be a good friend in their day-to-day activities. This non verbal video allows all children join the action, no matter what language, culture, or capabilities they bring with them. Each child will have their own way of interpreting what is happening in the video's episodes. Each child will also have their own solutions to the peer conflicts they see. This non verbal film opens a window for children and adults to see and feel the dancers' emotions and to discuss and share their experience with each other.




Is this an anti-bullying resource?


This resource helps to prevent bulling, hopefully before it starts. All children experience conflicts with their peers. Considerable research shows that SEL interventions are effective in promoting social and emotional competencies that are associated with academic success and social adjustment, emotional distress and conduct problems!

See a new review by Taylor, R. D., Oberle, E., Durlak, J. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2017). Promoting positive youth development through school‐based social and emotional learning interventions: A meta‐analysis of follow‐up effects. Child Development, 88(4), 1156-1171. doi:10.1111/cdev.12864




Is there a school-rate available for the WITS IN MOTION toolkit?


We are currently working on making this available. Please leave a message or join our mailing list for future updates.




How can I help?


Spread the word and make a donation! WITS IN MOTION is currently available in English and in French. Suddenly Dance Theatre is fundraising to expand the language-base and distribution of WITS IN MOTION to reach more youth worldwide. Charitable donations are now being accepted to support new language translations. Visit our website for details: https://www.suddenlydance.ca/donations





Frequently asked questions

What is social emotional learning (SEL)?


Social learning is about understanding relationships and emotional learning is about understanding our own and others' emotions. Our amazing social and emotional skills are the foundation of all healthy relationships. Being aware of our own emotions helps us to label, understand, and manage them. Recognizing and understanding others' emotions is at the root of empathy, kindness, and being able to take another's' perspective or stand in their shoes! As children grow up, they learn more and more about their own feelings and needs, about how understand feeling and perspectives that are different from theirs, about how to respond to others' needs for help, and about how to resolve conflicts that inevitable arise between us.

This SEL tool kit helps to foster the development of social emotional learning. Children learn to label and understand their own and others' emotions, to understand how emotions feel and change in different situations, and to understand that peer conflicts can be resolved!




Will the WITS IN MOTION resources be available in my language?


WITS IN MOTION is currently available in English and in French. Suddenly Dance Theatre is fundraising to expand the language-base and distribution of WITS IN MOTION to reach more youth worldwide. Charitable donations are now being accepted to support new language translations. Visit our website for details: https://www.suddenlydance.ca/donations




Who is Suddenly Dance Theatre?


Suddenly Dance Theatre is a charitable non-profit society formed in 1992 in Victoria, BC Canada. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary as a creator and producer of dance, theatre, and media led by Founding Artistic co-Directors David Ferguson and Miles Lowry. Our work supports the development, creation, presentation, and preservation of the arts through collaboration and diverse media to reach the widest possible audience. Our touring activity of original ‘made-in-Victoria’ works has allowed us to be proud ambassadors worldwide. We are also known as the producers of the Romp! Festival of Dance (20 Festivals). The WITS IN MOTION initiative aims to engage youth and community education through dance and media; create a lasting legacy exemplifying the WITS programs; and disseminate dance to the widest possible audience. www.suddenlydance.ca




What are the benefits of non-verbal learning, role-play, and dance for learning social and emotional skills?


Children learn continuously about their own and others' emotions and how to be a good friend in their day-to-day activities. This non verbal video allows all children join the action, no matter what language, culture, or capabilities they bring with them. Each child will have their own way of interpreting what is happening in the video's episodes. Each child will also have their own solutions to the peer conflicts they see. This non verbal film opens a window for children and adults to see and feel the dancers' emotions and to discuss and share their experience with each other.




Is this an anti-bullying resource?


This resource helps to prevent bulling, hopefully before it starts. All children experience conflicts with their peers. Considerable research shows that SEL interventions are effective in promoting social and emotional competencies that are associated with academic success and social adjustment, emotional distress and conduct problems!

See a new review by Taylor, R. D., Oberle, E., Durlak, J. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2017). Promoting positive youth development through school‐based social and emotional learning interventions: A meta‐analysis of follow‐up effects. Child Development, 88(4), 1156-1171. doi:10.1111/cdev.12864




Is there a school-rate available for the WITS IN MOTION toolkit?


We are currently working on making this available. Please leave a message or join our mailing list for future updates.




How can I help?


Spread the word and make a donation! WITS IN MOTION is currently available in English and in French. Suddenly Dance Theatre is fundraising to expand the language-base and distribution of WITS IN MOTION to reach more youth worldwide. Charitable donations are now being accepted to support new language translations. Visit our website for details: https://www.suddenlydance.ca/donations





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