BYU dance company Kinnect is striving to teach children to investigate, explore and create through dance.

The 12 Kinnect dancers appear in elementary school auditoriums to share their love of dancing and encourage children to consider dance as a way to discover themselves.

“We are truly advocates for the creative process,” said Rebecca Downs, a dance major from Orem, who recently graduated.

Kinnect’s efforts highlight concern for the diminishing arts emphasis in the public school system.

“The ‘whole child’ is being neglected in our school systems,” said Marilyn Berrett, faculty adviser to Kinnect. “We are so focused on tests and math and language that other areas are beginning to be diminished.”

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