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Kidsday: Sharing our love for dance

We came up with an idea to help express our passion for dance. We started a dance class for first-graders who attend our school.

We decided to do this because we all have a lot of experience in dancing. We also wanted to have an opportunity to show new moves and to have a relationship with younger kids.

The dance class had eight first-graders. We would split up the class into groups so we could focus on a couple of girls at a time. We even gave them snacks and drinks in between practicing routines. After only a few weeks, the students were able to put on a performance for their parents.

The first day we were so excited, waiting at the front door for the students. As the kids started to arrive, we gave them name tags and brought them to our dance studio in the school's basement. When all the girls came, we began with freeze dance (once the music stops, everyone freezes). Then we stretched. The second we finished stretching, we asked the students to show us the moves they already knew. This went on for a few sessions.

The moms were very excited about our program. After the break, all the moms were texting and emailing us. They told us that their daughters were asking all break, "When's the next dance class?" They were also asking their moms if they can do it next year. When we heard that, we felt proud.

It was the day of the recital. We had asked the parents to drop the girls off early to practice. When the girls came, we worked on a grand entrance and the dance. We made sure they had the right costumes. The moms came to watch the recital and it was a great experience for all of us.

We told the parents we are going to do it again.

'Cake Boss' inspiration

I love to bake. I mostly bake cakes and cupcakes. I am a big fan of the TV show "Cake Boss." One day my dad took me to Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, N.J. (carlosbakery.com) where Buddy Valastro, the star of "Cake Boss," works. My dad bought me a recipe book, "Baking With the Cake Boss" (Free Press), and some tasty treats. I found the recipe for a chocolate cake and followed the instructions and baked it. The book is great because it is not just about baking, but also about decorating the cakes and treats as well.

One day, when I'm older, I'd like to be a professional baker.

--Kidsday Reporter Ava Osher

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Liz LeSueur's fifth-grade class, JOHN J. DALY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Port Washington

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