A Whole New World: Kids Learn Broader Definition of Sport

Posted at 5:56 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 14:15:13-04

The touring cast of Disney’s Aladdin Musical, currently performing at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, took some time out from their performances to get involved with Buffalo youth.

The cast performs eight shows each week while on tour, but also goes out into each city they visit to help with the ‘get up and go’ program.

It’s an initiative by Disney to show kids that there are different ways to get healthy and stay fit.

“We are encouraging kids to get active and explore things besides sports. And that they can keep active, and live healthy lifestyles, and find something that’s fun for them to get up and get moving,” said Mathew deGuzman, a cast member for the show.

He says dancing as a form of exercise is something parents can do with their kids at home.

Teaching choreography is a way for parents to figure out their child’s learning style early-on.

“We try to teach small sections at a time, and doing a lot of call and response. Or giving things like with a movement we said up, down, genie, touchdown - which immediately engaged them.”

Aladdin ends its Buffalo run Sunday night. 



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