For one week, after-school dance instructor Tamika Murrill and her tiny team of dancers launched a campaign to raise awareness about bullying.
The purpose of the week was to teach kids what bullying actually means and how to identify harmful bullying behavior, said Northside Elementary School guidance counselor Virginia Fox.
“This was something so positive and supportive for our kids that everyone at the school wanted to get involved,” Murrill said.
The anti-bullying week ended Friday with a glow-stick dance for the entire school. The dance’s main event featured Murrill’s iNavigate fourth- and fifth-grade dance club performing a routine it had been practicing all week.
The team of more than 25 iNavigate dancers performed their routine to the song “Good Time” through the haze of fog machines in front of a crowd of proud parents.
“People use the word bullying to describe things that are not actual bullying,” Fox said. “If we throw around the word bullying too often, it will become something less serious than it is.”
Bullying is repeated, aggressive behavior where one person holds all of the power. Bullying can cause serious emotional damage and is different from normal peer conflict, Fox said.
After the dance, Murrill said she felt the program was a success.