In its second project in New York City, MindLeaps is working with 6- & 7-year-old scholars at Children of Promise in the Bronx. The Summer classes for the 6- & 7-year-old scholars are co-designed and co-taught by MindLeaps Teacher Training Specialist, Caitlyn Casson, and dancer-choreographer-educator, Key’Aira Lockett, with Children of Promise counselors present at all classes. The activities and movements in the 2-hour classes are designed to be fun, demanding, and kinesthetic, inspired by MindLeaps’ foundational curriculum for boosting social-emotional learning skills. Held on Mondays and Wednesdays for 6 weeks, the classes are off to a wonderful start. After the first day, the children eagerly asked their counselors at Children of Promise “When is MindLeaps on the schedule?” They didn’t want to miss a MindLeaps day! By the end of the first week, the children had learned battements and a modified version of the MindLeaps warm-up. In week two, they moved-on to saut de chats, and started to learn muscles like hamstring. Some of the children were able to show that they remembered, and could even lead, the first part of the warm-up. The classroom walls include picture-boards of agreements about classroom rules, one of which the scholars came up with on their own: “Let’s Keep Our Hands to Ourselves!” Attendance fluctuates between 15 and 25 children, many of whom are experiencing homelessness in addition to having an incarcerated parent.