Rainbowdance gathers children, teachers and parents around a parachute for one hour for the purpose of enhancing social empathy, self-confidence and self-regulation. Blending storytelling, object lessons, repetitious movements set to cultural music and improvisation, Rainbowdance provides the safe structure necessary for children to develop competency and relationships.
Participants mirror movement and behavior rather than the typical command-based instruction, giving the child a sense of both freedom and structure. Consistency coupled with mastery of movement creates an environment of safety where children find the confidence to face daily challenges.
The stories and improvisations have themes of cooperation, respect, trust, honor, and gentleness, and are developed to expose each child to adaptive coping strategies for successfully meeting normal developmental challenges, as well as constructive solutions to conflict.