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Bailey Lawton, Sunset Elementary School fifth-grader, dances to “Reach” in front of an audience of parents Friday morning at the school. She and other fifth-graders were the first group to perform Friday in a series of dance programs tailored to meld music and physical education.

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Sunset Elementary dance program melds music and physical education

A lively Greek tune began to play, and clusters of fifth-graders began to move in synch to the music. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Susan Nicholson called into the microphone positioned at the front of the Sunset Elementary School gym. On Friday morning, the gymnasium looked more like the setting of a barn dance than a basketball game. Instead of T-shirts and shorts, most students wore button-up shirts and colorful blouses. Parents, some toting cameras, filled nearly every folding chair around the gym’s perimeter.

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