New Attitudes Dance Studio has students cutting back on screen time

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 9:23 PM EDT
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New Attitudes Dance Studio in Marquette wraped up an interesting social experiment Monday. They've been having the dance students put their phones and tablets away.

For the past three weeks, students put their devices in a bin, then write their name down for a prize drawing at the end of class. The studio partnered with local businesses for the prizes.

"We wanted to get the kids and the parents and the teachers heads up from the phones and more aware of what was going on around them and the response has been really good," said Studio Owner Janna Benedict.

"The thing that's so great about New Attitudes is we're not just a dance studio we're a family and I think now these kids have better bonds with each other and the parents are realizing that maybe during class they should go watch their kids and the smile on their face when they're dancing because that's the biggest thing about dance is how you grow as a person," said Alexxus Taavola.

The response from both the students and parents was good enough that the studio is considering doing this experiment again in the future.