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The Times
  • City school district receives funding for Dance Dance Revolution bundles

  • The Little Falls City School District recently received a $4,000 grant from the Dale Memorial Trust Fund to purchase three Dance Dance Revolution fitness bundles to accommodate large and small class sizes.

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  • The Little Falls City School District recently received a $4,000 grant from the Dale Memorial Trust Fund to purchase three Dance Dance Revolution fitness bundles to accommodate large and small class sizes.
    As a result, the district has a total of six metal arcade pads, 18 practice mats, 24 pedometers and three copies of the game.
    Based on current plans, more than 2,500 schools are expected to use the game by the end of the decade. Born eleven years ago in the arcades of Japan, Dance Dance Revolution has become a small craze among a generation of young Americans who appear less enamored of traditional team sports than their parents were and more amenable to the personal pursuits enabled by modern technology.
    As a song plays, arrows pointing one of four directions — forward, back, left and right — scroll up the screen in various sequences and combinations, requiring the player to step on the corresponding arrows on a mat on the floor.
    Players can dance by themselves, with a partner or in competition.
    A basic Dance Dance Revolution system, including a television and game console, can be had for less than $500, but most schools choose to spend from $70 to $800 each for more robust mats, rather than rip apart the relatively flimsy versions meant for home use.
    In a study last year, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that children playing Dance Dance Revolution expended significantly more energy than children watching television and playing traditional video games.
    Students at Little Falls High School just completed the unit and the equipment has moved next door to the middle school gymnasium.
    The high school classes were able to choose Dance Dance Revolution or snow shoeing, while the middle school students can choose Dance Dance Revolution, wall climbing, the climbing rope or jump rope.
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