“The Cha Cha Slide” plays in a kindergarten classroom at T.A. Brown Elementary School, and dozens of 6-year-olds stomp their feet, clap their hands and slide to the right. The students giggle when Mr. C the Slide Man instructs them to “cha-cha real smooth.”
The dance isn’t just for fun: It’s a “brain break” aimed at getting the children’s blood flowing. The breaks are part of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health — CATCH — a national program used at schools in the Austin district to incorporate physical activity and education into all aspects of school.
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